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D. REED :: The Controversy of Zion 

"For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance and the year of recompences for the 
controversy of Zion"- Isaiah 34:8. 

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The Burning of the Reichstag (1 934) 

Insanity Fair (Jonathan Cape, 1938) 

Disgrace Abounding (do., 1939) 

Nemesis? The Story of Otto Strasser (do.) 

A Prophet at Home (do., 1 941) 

All Our Tomorrows (do., 1942) 

Test We Regret (do., 1943) 

From Smoke to Smother (do., 1948) 

Somewhere South of Sue\ (do., 1949) 

Far and Wide (do., 1951) 

The Battle for Rhodesia (HAUM, 1966) 

The Siege of Southern Africa (Macmillan, 1974) 

Behind the Scene (Dolphin Press, 1975) 

The Grand Design of the 20th Century (Dolphin Press, 1977) 

Novels: Galanty Show. Reasons of Health. Rule of Three, The Next Horizon. 

Play: Downfall 

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THE AUTHOR Douglas Lancelot Reed (1995 - 1976) 

It is one of the commonplaces of history that adverse circumstances offer no obstacle to men of 
outstanding energy and ability. Douglas Reed, who described himself as "relatively unschooled", started out in 
life as an office boy at the age of 13 and was a bank clerk at 19 before enlisting at the outbreak of World War 
I. A less promising preparation for a man destined to be one of the most brilliant political analysts and 
descriptive writers of the century could hardly be imagined. He was already 26 years old when he reached the 
London Times in 1921 as a telephonist and clerk; and he was 30 when he finally reached journalism as sub- 
editor. Thereafter there was no stopping this late-starter. Three years later he became assistant Times 
correspondent in Berlin before moving on to Vienna as Chief Central European correspondent stationed at 
Vienna. Reed broke with The Times in October 1938, almost simultaneously with the appearance of a book 
which was to win him instant world fame -Insanity Fair, a charming combination of autobiography and 
contemporary history. This was followed a year later by another runaway best seller, Disgrace Abounding. Other 
best-sellers followed in quick succession - A Prophet at Home, All Our Tomorrows, Test We Regret, Somewhere South 
of Sue% and Far and Wide. After Far and Wide Reed was virtually banned by the establishment publishers and 
booksellers, but he emerged from his enforced retirement as a writer in 1966 with The Battle for Rhodesia, 
followed by The Siege Of Southern Africa in 1974, Behind the Scene (a new edition of Part Two of Far and Wide) 
and The Grand Design, published in 1976 and 1977. 

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20. THEDESIGN...138 


22. THE MANAGERS... 176 

23. THE "PROPHET"... 182 




27. THE "PROTOCOLS"...209 


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43. THE ZIONIST STATE (1)...423 


45. THE JEWISH SOUL...492 

46. THE CLIMACTERIC (1) - 1. The Revolution... 49 5 
THE CLIMACTERIC (2) - 2. The Zionist State...510 
THE CLIMACTERIC (3) - 3. The Years of Climax...524 

APPENDIX - The Torah, The New Testament.. .572 



Where italics have been used in this book they have in all cases been added by the author, to direct attention 
to a word or passage which he holds to be of especial importance. 

Where a passage is quoted without its source, it is taken from the last authority previously quoted. 

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By Ivor Benson 

The Author: In Europe during the years immediately before and after World War II the name of 
Douglas Reed was on everyone's lips; his books were being sold by scores of thousand, and he was known 
with intimate familiarity throughout the English-speaking world by a vast army of readers and admirers. 
Former London Times correspondent in Central Europe, he had won great fame with books like Insanity Fair, 
Disgrace Abounding, Lest We Regret, Somewhere South of Sue^ Far and Wide and several others, each amplifying a 
hundredfold the scope available to him as one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. 

The disappearance into almost total oblivion of Douglas Reed and all his works was a change that 
could not have been wrought by time alone; indeed, the correctness of his interpretation of the unfolding 
history of the times found some confirmation in what happened to him when at the height of his powers. 

After 1951, with the publication of Far and Wide, in which he set the history of the United States of 
America into the context of all he had learned in Europe of the politics of the world, Reed found himself 
banished from the bookstands, all publishers' doors closed to him, and those books already published liable 
to be withdrawn from library shelves and "lost", never to be replaced. 

His public career as a writer now apparently at an end, Reed was at last free to undertake a great task 
for which all that had gone before was but a kind of preparation and education that no university could 
provide and which only the fortunate and gifted few could fully use - his years as a foreign correspondent, his 
travels in Europe and America, his conversations and contacts with the great political leaders of his day, plus 
his eager absorption through reading and observation of all that was best in European culture. 

Experiences which other men might have accepted as defeat, served only to focus Douglas Reed's 
powers on what was to be his most important undertaking - that of researching and retelling the story of the 
last 2000 years and more in such a way as to render intelligible much of modern history which for the masses 
remains in our time steeped in darkness and closely guarded by the terrors of an invisible system of 

The Book: Commencing in 1951, Douglas Reed spent more than three years - much of this time 
separated from his wife and young family - working in the New York Central Library, or tapping away at his 
typewriter in spartan lodgings in New York or Montreal. With workmanlike zeal, the book was rewritten, all 
300,000 words of it, and the Epilogue only added in 1956. 

The story of the book itself - the unusual circumstances in which it was written, and how the 
manuscript, after having remained hidden for more than 20 years, came to light and was at last made available 
for publication - is part of the history of our century, throwing some light on a struggle of which the 
multitudes know nothing: that conducted relentlessly and unceasingly on the battleground of the human 

It needed some unusual source of spiritual power and motivation to bring 
[v] to completion so big a book involving so much laborious research and cross-checking, a book, moreover, 
which seemed to have little or no chance of being published in the author's lifetime. 

Although there is correspondence to show that the title was briefly discussed with one publisher, the 
manuscript was never submitted but remained for 22 years stowed away in three zippered files on top of a 
wardrobe in Reed's home in Durban, South Africa. 

Relaxed and at peace with himself in the knowledge that he had carried his great enterprise as far as 
was possible in the circumstances of the times, Douglas Reed patiently accepted his forced retirement as 
journalist and writer, put behind him all that belonged to the past and adjusted himself cheerfully to a 
different mode of existence, in which most of his new-found friends and acquaintances, charmed by his lively 

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mind and rich sense of humour, remained for years wholly unaware that this was indeed the Douglas Reed of 
literary fame. 

Of this he was sure, whether or not it would happen in his lifetime, there would come a time when 
circumstances would permit, and the means be found, to communicate to the world his message of history 
rewritten, and the central message of Christianity restated.Interpretation: For the rest, The Controversy of Zion, 
can be left to speak for itself; indeed, it is a work of revisionist history and religious exposition the central 
message of which is revealed in almost every page, understanding and compassionate of people but severely 
critical of the inordinate and dangerous ambitions of their leaders. 

In the final chapter, under the heading the Climacteric, Douglas Reed remarks that if he could have 
planned it all when he began writing his book in 1949, he could not have chosen a better moment than the 
last months of 1956 to review the long history of Talmudic Zionism and re-examine it against the 
background of what was still happening on the stage of world politics. 

For 1956 was the year of another American presidential election in which, once again, the Zionists 
demonstrated their decisive power to influence Western politics; it was the year in which the nations of the 
West stood by as helpless spectators as Soviet forces were used to crush a spontaneous revolt and re-install a 
Jewish-Communist regime in Hungary; and it was the year in which Britain and France, under Zionist 
pressure, were drawn into the disastrous fiasco of an attempt to capture the Suez Canal, an adventure from 
which, once again, Israel alone gained any advantage. 

Everything that has happened since Reed wrote those last sentences in 1956 has continued to endorse 
the correctness of his interpretation of more than 2000 years of troubled history. 

The Middle East has remained an area of intense political activity and of the maximum falsification of 
news and suppression of genuine debate, and it was only the few with some knowledge of the role of 
Talmudic Zionism and Communism who could have had any chance of solving the problem of successive 
events of major importance, like the so-called Six Day War in 1967 
[vi] and the massive Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. 

Those who have read The Controversy of Zion will not be surprised to learn that there were clear signs of 
collusion between the Soviet Union and Israel in precipitating the Israeli attack on Egypt, for it was only 
because Colonel Nasser had been warned by the Kremlin bosses that Israel was about to attack Egypt's ally 
Syria that he moved nearly all his armed forces to his country' s northern border, where they fell an easy prey 
to Israel's vastly superior army. 

It seemed as if nothing had changed when in 1982 Israel launched a massive and most ruthless attack 
on Southern Lebanon, ostensibly for the purpose of rooting out the Palestine Liberation Organisation, but 
actually in furtherance of an expansionist policy about which Jewish leaders have always been remarkably 

By this time, however, the pro-Zionist mythology generated by Western politicians and media in which 
Israel was always represented as a tiny and virtuous nation in constant need of help and protection, was 
obviously beginning to lose much of its plausibility, so that few were surprised when the British Institute of 
Strategic Studies announced that Israel could now be regarded as fourth in the world as a military power, 
after the USA, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China - well ahead of nations like Britain and 

More deeply significant was the reaction of the Jewish people, both in Israel and abroad, to an 
apparent triumph of Zionist arms in Lebanon. While Western politicians and media remained timorously 
restrained in their comment, even after news of the massacre of an estimated 1500 men, women and children 
in two Beirut refugee camps, 350,000 of the residents of Tel Aviv staged a public demonstration against their 
government and there were reports in the Jewish press that controversy over the Lebanese war had rocked 
the Israel army and affected all ranks. 

Of this, too, Douglas Reed seems to have had some presentiment, for among the last words in his 
book are these: "I believe the Jews of the world are equally beginning to see the error of revolutionary 
Zionism, the twin of the other destructive movement, and, as this century ends, will at last decide to seek 
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Chapter 1 


The true start of this affair occurred on a day in 458 BC which this narrative will reach in its sixth 
chapter. On that day the petty Palestinian tribe of Judah (earlier disowned by the Israelites) produced a racial 
creed, the disruptive effect of which on subsequent human affairs may have exceeded that of explosives or 
epidemics. This was the day on which the theory of the master-race was set up as "the Law". 

At the time Judah was a small tribe among the subject-peoples of the Persian king, and what today is 
known as "the West" could not even be imagined. Now the Christian era is nearly two thousand years old and 
"Western civilization", which grew out of it, is threatened with disintegration. 

The creed born in Judah 2,500 years ago, in the author's opinion, has chiefly brought this about. The 
process, from original cause to present effect, can be fairly clearly traced because the period is, in the main, 
one of verifiable history. 

The creed which a fanatical sect produced that day has shown a great power over the minds of men 
throughout these twenty-five centuries; hence its destructive achievement. Why it was born at that particular 
moment, or ever, is something that none can explain. This is among the greatest mysteries of our world, 
unless the theory that every action produces an equal and opposite reaction is valid in the area of religious 
thought; so that the impulse which at that remote time set many men searching for a universal, loving God 
produced this fierce counter-idea of an exclusive, vengeful deity. 

Judah-ism was retrogressive even in 458 BC, when men in the known world were beginning to turn 
their eyes away from idols and tribal gods and to look for a God of all men, of justice and of neighbourliness. 
Confucius and Buddha had already pointed in that direction and the idea of one-God was known among the 
neighbouring peoples of Judah. Today the claim is often made that the religious man, Christian, Muslim or 
other, must pay respect to Judaism, whatever its errors, on one incontestable ground: it was the first universal 
religion, so that in a sense all universal religions descend from it. Every Jewish child is taught this. In truth, 
the idea of the one-God of all men was known long before the tribe of Judah even took shape, and Judaism 
was above all else the denial of that idea. The Egyptian Book of the Dead (manuscripts of which were found 
in the tombs of kings of 2,600 BC, over two thousand years before the Judaist "Law" was completed) 
contains the passage: "Thou art the one, the God from the very beginnings of time, the heir of immortality, 
self-produced and self-born; thou didst create the earth and make man". Conversely, the Scripture produced 
in Judah of the Levites asked, "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, amongthc Gods?" (Exodus), 

The sect which attached itself to and mastered the tribe of Judah took this rising concept of one-God 
of all-peoples and embodied it in its Scripture only to 

[2] destroy it, and to set up the creed based on its denial. It is denied subtly, but with scorn, and as the creed 
is based on the theory of the master-race this denial is necessary and inevitable. A master-race, if there be 
one, must itself he, God. 

The creed which was given force of daily law in Judah in 458 BC was then and still is unique in the 
world. It rested on the assertion, attributed to the tribal deity (Jehovah), that "the Israelites" (in fact, the 
Judahites) were his "chosen people" who, if they did all his "statutes and judgments", would be set over all 
other peoples and be established in a "promised land". Out of this theory, whether by forethought or 
unforeseen necessity, grew the pendent theories of "captivity" and "destruction". If Jehovah were to be 
worshipped, as he demanded, at a certain place in a specified land, all his worshippers had to live there. 

Obviously all of them could not live there, but if they lived elsewhere, whether by constraint or their 
own choice, they automatically became "captives" of "the stranger", whom they had to "root out", "pull 

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down" and "destroy". Given this basic tenet of the creed, it made no difference whether the "captors" were 
conquerors or friendly hosts; their ordained lot was to be destruction or enslavement. 

Before they were destroyed or enslaved, they were, for a time, to be "captors" of the Judahites, not in 
their own right, but because the Judahites, having failed in "observance", deserved punishment. In this way, 
Jehovah revealed himself as the one-God of all-peoples: though he "knew" only the "chosen people", he 
would employ the heathen to punish them for their "transgressions", before meting out the foreordained 
destruction to these heathen. 

The Judahites had this inheritance thrust on them. It was not even theirs, for the "covenant", 
according to these Scriptures, had been made between Jehovah and "the children of Israel", and by 458 BC 
the Israelites, spurning the non-Israelitish Judahites, had long since been absorbed by other mankind, taking 
with them the vision of a universal, loving God of all men. The Israelites, from all the evidence, never knew 
this racial creed which was to come down through the centuries as the Jewish religion, or Judaism. It stands, 
for all time, as the product of Judah of the Levites. 

What happened before 458 BC is largely lore, legend and mythology, as distinct from the period 
following, the main events of which are known. Before 458 BC, for instance, there were in the main only 
"oral traditions"; the documentary period begins in the two centuries leading up to 458 BC, when Judah had 
been disavowed by the Israelites. At this stage, when the word-of-mouth tradition became written Scripture, 
the perversion occurred. The surviving words of the earlier Israelites show that their tradition was a widening 
one of neighbourliness under a universal God. This was changed into its opposite by the itinerant priests who 
segregated the Judahites and established the worship of Jehovah as the god of racialism, hatred and revenge. 

In the earlier tradition Moses was a great tribal leader who heard the voice of 
[3] one-God speak from a burning bush and came down from a mountain bearing this one-God's moral 
commandments to the people. The time when this tradition took shape was one when the idea of religion 
was first moving in the minds of men and when all the peoples were borrowing from each other's traditions 
and thought. 

Whence the idea of one-God may have come has already been shown, although the earlier Egyptians 
themselves may have received it from others. The figure of Moses himself, and his Law, both were taken 
from material already existing. The story of Moses's discovery in the bulrushes was plainly borrowed from the 
much earlier legend (with which it is identical) of a king of Babylonia, Sargon the Elder, who lived between 
one and two thousand years before him; the Commandments much resemble earlier law codes of the 
Egyptians, Babylonians and Assyrians. The ancient Israelites built on current ideas, and by this means 
apparently were well on the way to a universal religion when they were swallowed up by mankind. 

Then Judah put the process into reverse, so that the effect is that of a film run backward. The masters 
of Judah, the Levites, as they drew up their Law also took what they could use from the inheritance of other 
peoples and worked it into the stuff they were moulding. They began with the one just God of all men, 
whose voice had been briefly heard from the burning bush (in the oral tradition) and in the course of five 
books of their written Law turned him into the racial, bargaining Jehovah who promised territory, treasure, 
blood and power over others in return for a ritual of sacrifice, to be performed at a precise place in a 
specified land. 

Thus they founded the permanent counter-movement to all universal religions and identified the name 
Judah with the doctrine of self- segregation from mankind, racial hatred, murder in the name of religion, and 

The perversion thus accomplished may be traced in the Old Testament, where Moses first appears as 
the bearer of the moral commandments and good neighbour, and ends as a racial mass-murderer, the moral 
commandments having been converted into their opposites between Exodus and Numbers. In the course of 
this same transmutation the God who begins by commanding the people not to kill or to covet their 
neighbours' goods or wives, finishes by ordering a tribal massacre of a neighbouring people, only the virgins 
to be saved alive! 

Thus the achievement of the itinerant priests who mastered the tribe of Judah, so long ago, was to turn 
one small, captive people away from the rising idea of a God of all men, to reinstate a bloodthirsty tribal deity 
and racial law, and to send the followers of this creed on their way through the centuries with a destructive 


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The creed, or revelation of God as thus presented, was based on a version of history, every event of 
which had to conform with, and to confirm the teaching. 

This version of history went back to the Creation, the exact moment of which was known; as the 
priests also claimed to possess the future, this was a complete story and theory of the universe from start to 
finish. The end was to be the triumphant consummation in Jerusalem, when world dominion was to be 
established on the ruins of the heathen and their kingdoms. 

The theme of mass-captivity, ending in a Jehovan vengeance ("all the firstborn of Egypt"), appears 
when this version of history reaches the Egyptian phase, leading up to the mass-exodus and mass-conquest of 
the promised land. This episode was necessary if the Judahites were to be organized as a permanent 
disruptive force among nations and for that reason, evidently, was invented; the Judaist scholars agree that 
nothing resembling the narrative in Exodus actually occurred. 

Whether Moses even lived is in dispute. "They tell you", said the late Rabbi Emil Hirsch, "that Moses 
never lived. I acquiesce. If they tell me that the story that came from Egypt is mythology, I shall not protest; 
it is mythology. They tell me that the book of Isaiah, as we have it today, is composed of writings of at least 
three and perhaps four different periods; I knew it before they ever told me; before they knew it, it was my 

Whether Moses lived or not, he cannot have led any mass-exodus from Egypt into Canaan (Palestine). 
No sharply-defined Israelitish tribes existed (says Rabbi Elmer Berger) at any time when anyone called Moses 
may have led some small groups out of Egyptian slavery. The Habiru (Hebrews) then were already established 
in Canaan, having reached it long before from Babylonia on the far side: Their name, Habiru, denoted no 
racial or tribal identity; it meant "nomads". Long before any small band led by Moses can have arrived they 
had overrun large Canaanite areas, and the governor of Jerusalem reported to Pharaoh in Egypt, "The King 
no longer has any territory, the Habiru have devastated all the King's territory". 

A most zealous Zionist historian, Dr. Josef Kastein, is equally specific about this. He will often be 
quoted during this narrative because his book, like this one, covers the entire span of the controversy of Zion 
(save for the last twenty-two years; it was published in 1933). He says, "Countless other Semitic and Hebrew 
tribes were already settled in the promised land which, Moses told his followers, was theirs by ancient right of inheritance; 
what matter that actual conditions in Canaan had long since effaced this right and rendered it illusory". 

Dr. Kastein, a fervent Zionist, holds that the Law laid down in the Old Testament must be fulfilled to 
the letter, but does not pretend to take the version of history seriously, on which this Law is based. In this he 
differs from Christian polemicists of the "every word is true" school. He holds that the Old Testament was in 
fact a political programme, drafted to meet the conditions of a time, and frequently revised to meet changing 

Historically, therefore, the Egyptian captivity, the slaying of "all the firstborn 
[5] of Egypt", the exodus toward and conquest of the promised land are myths. The story was invented, but 
the lesson, of vengeance on the heathen, was implanted in men's minds and the deep effect continues into 
our time. 

It was evidently invented to turn the Judahites away from the earlier tradition of the God who, from 
the burning bush, laid down a simple law of moral behaviour and neighbourliness; by the insertion of 
imaginary, allegorical incident, presented as historical truth, this tradition was converted into its opposite and 
the "Law" of exclusion, hatred and vengeance established. With this as their religion and inheritance, attested 
by the historical narrative appended to it, a little band of human beings were sent on their way into the future. 

By the time of that achievement of 458 BC, many centuries after any possible period when Moses may 
have lived, much had happened in Canaan. The nomadic Habiru, supplanting the native Canaanites by 
penetration, intermarriage, settlement or conquest, had thrown off a tribe called the Ben Yisrael, or Children 
of Israel, which had split into a number of tribes, very loosely confederated and often at war with each other. 
The main body of these tribes, the Israelites, held the north of Canaan. In the south, isolated and surrounded 
by native Canaanitish peoples, a tribe called Judah took shape. This was the tribe from which the racial creed 
and such words as "Judaism", "Jewish" and "Jew" in the course of centuries emerged. 

From the moment when it first appears as an entity this tribe of Judah has a strange look. It was always 
cut off, and never got on well with its neighbours. Its origins are mysterious. It seems from the beginning, 
with its ominous name, somehow to have been set apart, rather than to have been "chosen". The Levitical 

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Scriptures include it among the tribes of Israel, and as the others mingled themselves with mankind this 
would leave it the last claimant to the rewards promised by Jehovah to "the chosen people". However, even 
this claim seems to be false, for the Jewish Encyclopaedia impartially says that Judah was "in all likelihood a non- 
hraelitish tribe". 

This tribe with the curious air was the one which set out into the future saddled with the doctrine 
drawn up by the Levites, namely, that it was Jehovah's "chosen people" and, when it had done "all my 
statutes and judgments", would inherit a promised land and dominion over all peoples. 

Among these "statutes and judgments" as the Levites finally edited them appeared, repeatedly, the 
commands, "utterly destroy", "pull down", "root out". Judah was destined to produce a nation dedicated to 

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Chapter 2 


About five hundred years before the event of 458 BC, or nearly three thousand years ago today, the 
brief and troubled association between Judah and the Israelites ("the children of Israel") came to an end. 
Israel rejected the chosen people creed which was beginning to take shape in Judah and went its own way. 
(The adoption of the name "Israel" by the Zionist state which was set up in Palestine in 1948 was transparent 
false pretence). 

The events which led to the short-lived, unhappy union covered earlier centuries. The mythological or 
legendary period of Moses was followed by one in Canaan during which "Israel" was the strong, cohesive and 
recognizable entity, the northern confederation of the ten tribes. Judah (to which the very small tribe of 
Benjamin attached itself) was a petty chiefdom in the south. 

Judah, from which today's Zionism comes down, was a tribe of ill repute. Judah sold his brother 
Joseph, the most beloved son of Jacob-called-Israel, to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver (as Judas, 
the only Judean among the disciples, much later betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver), and then founded 
the tribe in incest, (Genesis 37-38). The priestly scribes who wrote this Scriptural account centuries afterwards 
had made themselves the masters of Judah and as they altered the oral tradition, whenever it suited them, the 
question prompts itself: why were they at pains to preserve, or possibly even to insert, this attribution of 
incestuous beginnings and a treacherous nature to the very people who, they said, were the chosen of God? 
The thing is mysterious, like much else in the Levitical Scriptures, and only the inner sect could supply an 

Anyway, those Scriptures and today's authorities agree about the separateness of "Israel" and "Judah". 
In the Old Testament Israel is often called "the house of Joseph", in pointed distinction from "the house of 
Judah". The Jewish Encyclopaedia says, "Joseph and Judah typify two distinct lines of descent" and adds (as already 
cited) that Judah was "in all likelihood a non-Israelitish tribe". The Encyclopaedia Britannica says that Judaism 
developed long after the Israelites had merged themselves with mankind, and that the true relationship of the two 
peoples is best expressed in the phrase, "The Israelites were not Jews". Historically, Judah was to survive for a 
little while and to bring forth Judaism, which begat Zionism. Israel was to disappear as an entity, and it all 
came about in this way: 

The little tribe in the south, Judah, became identified with the landless tribe, that of the Levites. These 
hereditary priests, who claimed that their office had been bestowed on them by Jehovah on Mount Sinai, 
were the true fathers of Judaism. They wandered among the tribes, preaching that the war of one was the war 
of all, and Jehovah's war. Their aim was power and they strove for a theocracy, a state in which God is the 
sovereign and religion the law. During the period of the Judges they achieved their aim to some extent, for 
they naturally 

[7] were the Judges. What they, and isolated Judah, most needed was union with Israel. Israel, which distrusted 
this lawgiving priesthood, would not hear of unification unless it were under a king; all the surrounding 
peoples had kings. 

The Levites grasped this opportunity. They saw that if a king were appointed the ruling class would 
supply the nominee, and they were the ruling class. Samuel, at their head, set up a puppet monarchy, behind 
which the priesthood wielded true power; this was achieved through the stipulation that the king should reign 
only for life, which meant that he would not be able to found a dynasty 7 . Samuel chose a young Benjaminite 
peasant, Saul, who had made some name in tribal warfare and, presumably, was thought likely to be tractable 
(the choice of a Benjaminite suggests that Israel would not consider any man of Judah for the kingship). The 
unified kingdom of Israel then began; in truth it survived but this one reign, Saul's. 

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In Saul's fate (or in the account given of it in the later Scriptures) the ominous nature of Judaism, as it 
was to be given shape, may be discerned. He was commanded to begin the holy war by attacking the 
Amalekites "and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant 
and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass". He destroyed "man and woman, infant and suckling", but spared 
King-Agag and the best of the sheep, oxen, yearlings and lambs. For this he was excommunicated by Samuel, 
who secretly chose one David, of Judah, to be Saul's successor. Thereafter Saul vainly strove by zeal in "utter 
destruction" to appease the Levites, and then by attempting David's life to save his throne. At last he killed 

Possibly none of this happened; it is the account given in the Book of Samuel, which the Levites 
produced centuries later. Whether it is true or allegorical, the importance lies in the plain implication: Jehovah 
demanded literal obedience when he commanded "utter destruction", and mercy or pity were capital 
offences. This lesson is driven home in many other depictments of events which were possibly historical and 
possibly imaginary. 

This was really the end, three thousand years ago, of the united kingdom, for Israel would not accept 
the man of Judah, David, as king. Dr. Kastein says that "the rest of Israel ignored him" and proclaimed Saul's 
son, Ishbosheth, king, whereon the re-division into Israel and Judah "really took place". According to Samuel, 
Ishbosheth was killed and his head was sent to David, who thereon restored a nominal union and made 
Jerusalem his capital. He never again truly united the kingdom or the tribes; he founded a dynasty which 
survived one more reign. 

Formal Judaism holds to this day that the Messianic consummation will come about under a worldly 
king of "the house of David"; and racial exclusion is the first tenet of formal Judaism (and the law of the land 
in the Zionist state). The origins of the dynasty founded by David are thus of direct relevance to this 


Racial discrimination and segregation were clearly unknown to the tribespeople in those days of the 
association between Israel and Judah, for the Old Testament says that David, the Judahite, from his roof, saw 
"a very beautiful woman" bathing, commanded her to him and made her with child, and then had her 
husband, a Hittite, sent into the front battle-line with orders that he be killed. When he was dead David 
added the woman, Bathsheba, to his wives, and her second son by him became the next king, Solomon (this 
story of David and Bathsheba, as related in the Old Testament, was bowdlerized in a Hollywood-made 
moving picture of our day). 

Such was the racial descent of Solomon, the last king of the riven confederacy, according to the 
Levitical scribes. He began his reign with three murders, including that of his brother, and vainly sought to 
save his dynasty by the Habsburg method, marriage, though on grander scale. He married princesses from 
Egypt and many neighbouring tribes and had hundreds of lesser wives, so that in his day, too, racial 
segregation must have been unknown. He built the temple and established a hereditary high priesthood. 

That was the story, concluded in 937 BC, of the short association between Israel and Judah. When 
Solomon died the incompatible associates finally split, and in the north Israel resumed its independent life. 
Dr Kastein says: 

"The two states had no more in common, for good or evil, than any other two countries with a common 
frontier. From time to time they waged war against each other or made treaties, but they were entirely separate. The 
Israelites ceased to believe that they had a destiny apart from their neighbours and King Jeroboam made separation from Judah as 
complete in the religious as in the political sense". Then, of the Judahites, Dr. Kastein adds, "they decided that they 
were destined to develop as a race apart. . . they demanded an order of existence fundamentally different from that 
of the people about them. These were differences which allowed of no process of assimilation to others. They demanded 
separation, absolute differentiation. " 

Thus the cause of the breach and separation is made clear. Israel believed that its destiny lay with 
involvement in mankind, and rejected Judah on the very grounds which recurrently, in the ensuing three 
thousand years, caused other peoples to turn in alarm, resentment and repudiation from Judaism. Judah 
"demanded separation, absolute differentiation". (However, Dr. Kastein, though he says "Judah", means "the 
Levites". How could even the tribespeople of Judah, at that stage, have demanded "separation, absolute 
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It was the Levites, with their racial creed, that Israel rejected. The next two hundred years, during 
which Israel and Judah existed separately, and often in enmity, but side by side, are filled with the voices of 
the Hebrew "prophets", arraigning the Levites and the creed which they were constructing. These voices still 
call to mankind out of the tribal darkness which beclouds much of the Old 

[9] Testament, for they scarified the creed which was in the making just as Jesus scarified it seven or eight 
hundred years later, when it was long established, at the Temple in Jerusalem. 

These men were nearly all Israelites; most of them were Josephites. They were on the road to the one- 
God of all-peoples and to participation in mankind. They were not unique among men in this: soon the 
Buddha, in India, was to oppose his Sermon at Benares and his Five Commands of Uprightness to the creed 
of Brahma, the creator of caste-segregation, and to the worship of idols. They were in truth Israelite 
remonstrants against the Levitical teaching which was to become identified with the name of Judah. The 
name "Hebrew prophets" is inapt because they made no pretence to power of divination and were angered 
by the description ("I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son", Amos), They were protestants in their 
time and gave simple warning of the calculable consequences of the racial creed; their warning remains valid 

The claims of the Levite priesthood moved them to these protests, particularly the priestly claim to 
the firstborn ("That which openeth the womb is mine," Exodus), and the priestly insistence on sacrificial rites. 
The Israelite expostulants (to whom this "so-called law of Moses" was unknown, according to Mr. 
Montefiore) saw no virtue in the bloodying of priests, the endless sacrifice of animals and the "burnt 
offerings", the "sweet savour" of which was supposed to please Jehovah. They rebuked the priestly doctrine 
of slaying and enslaving "the heathen". God, they cried, desired moral behaviour, neighbourly conduct and 
justice towards the poor, the fatherless, the widow and the oppressed, not blood sacrifices and hatred of the 

These protests provide the first forelight of the dawn which came some eight hundred years later. 
They find themselves in strange company among the injunctions to massacre in which the Old Testament 
abounds. The strange thing is that these remonstrances survived the compilation, when Israel was gone and 
the Levites, supreme in Judah, wrote down the Scriptures. 

Today's student cannot explain, for instance, why King David suffers Nathan publicly to rebuke him 
for taking Uriah's wife and having Uriah murdered. Possibly among the later scribes who compiled the 
historical narrative, long after Israel and the Israelite expostulants were gone, were some of their mind, who 
contrived in this way to continue their protest. 

Conversely, these benevolent and enlightened passages are often followed by fanatical ones, attributed 
to the same man, which cancel them, or put the opposite in their place. The only reasonable explanation is 
that these are interpolations later made, to bring the heretics into line with Levitical dogma. 

Whatever the explanation, these Israelite protests against the heresy of Judah have an ageless appeal 
and form the monument to vanished Israel. They force their way, like little blades of truth, between the dark 
stones of tribal saga. They pointed the way to the rising and widening road of common involvement in 
[10] mankind and away from the tribal abyss. 

Elijah and Elisha both worked in Israel, and Amos spoke solely to the Josephites. He in particular 
attacked the blood sacrifices and priestly rites: "I hate, I despise your feasts and I take no delight in your 
solemn assemblies. Yea, though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meal offerings, I will not accept them. 
Neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs" 
(the Levites' chanted liturgies) "and let me not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run as water 
and righteousness as a mighty stream". And then the immortal rebuke to the "peculiar people" doctrine: "Are 
ye not as the children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel, saith the Lord". 

Hosea, another Israelite, says, "I desired mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than 
burnt offerings". Hosea exhorts to the practice of "justice and righteousness", "loving kindness and 
compassion and faithfulness", not discrimination and contempt. 

In Micah's time the Levites apparently still demanded the sacrifice of all the firstborn to Jehovah: 

"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before 
him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with 
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hath been told to thee, O man, what is good and what the Lord doth require of thee: only to do jusdy and to 
love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God" . 

These men contended for the soul of the tribespeople during the two centuries when Israel and Judah 
existed side by side, and sometimes at daggers drawn. During this period the Levites, earlier distributed 
among the twelve tribes, were driven more and more to congregate in tiny Judah and in Jerusalem, and to 
concentrate their energies on the Judahites. 

Then, in 721 BC, Israel was attacked and conquered by Assyria and the Israelites were carried into 
captivity. Judah was spared for that moment and for another century remained an insignificant vassal, first of 
Assyria and then of Egypt, and the stronghold of the Levitical sect. 

At that point "the children of Israel" disappear from history and if promises made to them are to be 
redeemed, this redemption must evidently be from among the ranks of mankind, in which they became 
involved and merged. Given the prevalent westward trend among the movements of peoples during the last 
twenty-seven hundred years, it is probable that much of their blood has gone into the European and 
American peoples. 

The Judaist claim, on the other hand, is that Israel was totally and deservedly "lost", because it rejected 
the Levitical creed and chose "rapprochement with neighbouring peoples". Dr. Kastein, whose words these 
are, nearly twenty- seven 

[11] centuries later ardently rejoiced, on that very account, in their downfall: "The ten northern tribes, with 
their separate development, had drifted so far from their kindred in the south that the chronicle of their fall 
takes the form of a brief bald statement of fact unrelieved by any expression of grief. No epic poem, no dirge, 
no sympathy marked the hour of their downfall". 

The student of the controversy of Zion has to plod far before he begins to unveil its mysteries, but 
very soon discovers that in all things it speaks with two tongues, one for "the heathen" and one for the 

The Levites of that ancient time did not, and today's Zionists do not believe that the Israelites 
"vanished without leaving a trace" (as Dr. Kastein says). They were pronounced "dead", in the way that a Jew 
marrying out of the fold today is pronounced dead (for instance, Dr. John Goldstein); they were 
excommunicated and only in that sense "vanished". 

Peoples do not become extinct; the North American Indians, the Australian Blackfellows, the New 
Zealand Maoris, the South African Bantu and others are the proofs of that. For that matter, the Israelites 
could not have been "taken away captive", had they been physically exterminated. Their blood and thought 
survive in mankind, somewhere, today. 

Israel remained separate from Judah of its own will, and for the very reasons which ever since have 
aroused the mistrust and misgiving of other peoples. The Israelites "were not Jews"; the Judahites were "in all 
likelihood non-Israelitish". 

The true meaning of the assertion that Israel "disappeared" is to be found in the later Talmud, which 
says: "The ten tribes have no share in the world to come". Thus, "the children of Israel" are banned from 
heaven by the ruling sect of Judah because they refused to exclude themselves from mankind on earth. 

The Chief Rabbi of the British Empire in 1918, the Very Rev. J.H. Hertz, in answer to an enquiry on 
this point said explicitly, "The people known at present as Jews are descendants of the tribes of Judah and 
Benjamin with a certain number of descendants of the tribe of Levi". This statement makes perfectly clear that 
"Israel" had no part in what has become Judaism (no authority, Judaist or other, would support the claim 
made to blood-descent from Judah, for the Jews of today, but this is of little account). 

Therefore the use of the name "Israel" by the Zionist state which was created in Palestine in this 
century is in the nature of a forgery. Some strong reason must have dictated the use of the name of a people 
who were not Jews and would have none of the creed which has become Judaism. One tenable theory 
suggests itself. The Zionist state was set up with the connivance of the great nations of the West, which is 
also the area of Christendom. The calculation may have been that these peoples would be comforted in their 
consciences if they could be led to believe that they were fulfilling Biblical prophecy and God's promise to 
"Israel", at whatever cost in the "destruction" of innocent peoples. 

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If that was the motive for the misuse of the name "Israel", the expedient may 
[12] for the time being have been successful; the multitude was ever easily "persuaded". However, truth will 
out in the long run, as the surviving remonstrances of the Israelite prophets show. 

If the Zionist state of 1948 could lay claim to any name whatever taken from far antiquity, this could 
only be "Judah", as this chapter has shown. 

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Chapter 3 


During the hundred years that followed the Assyrian conquest of Israel, the Levites in Judah began to 
compile the written Law. In 621 BC they produced Deuteronomy and read it to the people in the temple at 

This was the birth of "the Mosaic law", which Moses, if he ever lived, never knew. It is called the 
Mosaic law because it is attributed to him, but the authorities agree that it was the product of the Levites, 
who then and later repeatedly made Moses (and for that matter, Jehovah) say what suited them. Its correct 
description would be "the Levitical law" or "the Judaic law". 

Deuteronomy is to formal Judaism and Zionism what the Communist Manifesto was to the destructive 
revolution of our century. It is the basis of the Torah ("the Law") contained in the Pentateuch, which itself 
forms the raw material of the Talmud, which again gave birth to those "commentaries" and commentaries- 
on-commentaries which together constitute the Judaic "law". 

Therefore Deuteronomy is also the basis of the political programme, of worldly dominion over nations 
despoiled and enslaved, which has been largely realized in the West during this Twentieth Century. 
Deuteronomy is of direct relevancy to the events of our day, and much of the confusion surrounding them 
disperses if they are studied in its light. 

It was read, in 621 BC, to so small an audience in so small a place that its great effects for the whole 
world, through the following centuries into our time, are by contrast the more striking. 

Before Deuteronomy was compiled only the "oral tradition" of what God said to Moses existed. The 
Levites claimed to be the consecrated guardians of this tradition and the tribespeople had to take their word 
for it (their pretensions in this respect chiefly caused the anger of the Israelite "prophets"). If anything had 
been written down before Deuteronomy was read, such manuscripts were fragmentary and in priestly keeping, 
and as little known to the primitive tribesmen as the Greek poets to Kentucky hillsfolk today. 

That Deuteronomy was different from anything that had been known or understood before is implicit in its 
name, which means "Second Law". Deuteronomy, in fact, was Levitical Judaism, first revealed; the Israelites (as 
already shown) "were not Jews" and had never known this "Law". 

Significantly, Deuteronomy which appears as the fifth book of today's Bible, with an air of growing 
naturally out of the previous ones, was the first book to be completed as a whole. Though Genesis and Exodus 
provide the historical background and mount for it, they were later produced by the Levites, and Leviticus and 
Numbers, the other books of the Torah, were compiled even later. 

Deuteronomy stood the earlier tradition on its head, if it was in harmony with the moral commandments. 
However, the Levites were within their self-granted right in making any changes they chose, for they held that 
they were divinely 

[14] authorized to amend the Law, as orally revealed by God to Moses, in order to meet "the constantly 
changing conditions of existence in the spirit of traditional teaching" (Dr. Kastein). 

For that matter, they also claimed that Moses had received at Sinai a secret oral Torah, which must never 
be committed to writing. In view of the later inclusion of the Old Testament in one volume with the 
Christian New Testament, and the average Gentile's assumption that he thus has before his eyes the whole of 
"the Mosaic Law", this qualification is of permanent interest. 

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The Talmud, as quoted by Dr. Funk, says, "God foresaw that one day a time would come when the 
Heathen would possess themselves of the Torah and would say to Israel, 'We, too, are sons of God'. Then 
will the Lord say: 'Only he who knows my secrets is my son'. And what are the secrets of God? The oral 
teachings" . 

The few people who heard Deuteronomy read in 621 BC, and then first learned what "the Mosaic Law" 
was to be, were told that the manuscripts had been "discovered". Today's Judaist authorities dismiss this and 
agree that Deuteronomy was the independent work of the Levites in isolated Judah after Judah's rejection by the 
Israelites and the conquest of Israel. Dr. Kastein puts the matter like this: 

"In 621 BC, a manuscript hoary with the dust of ages was discovered among the archives. It contained 
a curious version of the laws which had been codified up to that time, a sort of repetition and variation of them, 
giving a host of instructions regarding man's duty to God and to his neighbour. It was couched in the form 
of speeches supposed to have been delivered by Moses just before his death on the farther side of Jordan. Who 

the author was it is impossible to say". 

Thus Dr. Kastein, a zealot who awaits the literal fulfilment of "the Mosaic Law" in every detail, does 
not believe that its author was either Jehovah or Moses. It is enough for him that it was produced by the 
lawgiving priesthood, which for him is divine authority. 

None can now tell how closely Deuteronomy, as we know it, resembles Deuteronomy as it was read in 621 
BC, for the books of the Old Testament were repeatedly revised up to the time of the first translation, when 
various other modifications were made, presumably to avoid excessive perturbation among the Gentiles. No 
doubt something was then excised, so that Deuteronomy in its original form may have been ferocious indeed, 
for what remains is savage enough. 

Religious intolerance is the basis of this "Second Law" (racial intolerance was to follow later, in 
another "New Law") and murder in the name of religion is its distinctive tenet. This necessitates the 
destruction of the moral Commandments, which in fact are set up to be knocked down. Only those of them 
which relate to the exclusive worship of the "jealous" Jehovah are left intact. The others are buried beneath a 
great mound of "statutes and judgments" (regulations issued 
[15] under a governing Law, as it were) which in effect cancel them. 

Thus the moral commandments against murder, stealing, adultery, coveting, bad neighbourliness, and 
the like are vitiated by a mass of "statutes" expressly enjoining the massacre of other peoples, the murder of 
apostates individually or in communities, the taking of concubines from among women captives, "utter 
destruction" that leaves "nothing alive", the exclusion of "the stranger" from debt-remission and the like. 

By the time the end of Deuteronomy is reached the moral commandments have been nullified in this 
way, for the purpose of setting up, in the guise of a religion, the grandiose political idea of a people especially 
sent into the world to destroy and "possess" other peoples and to rule the earth. The idea of destruction is 
essential to Deuteronomy, If it be taken away no Deuteronomy, or Mosaic Law, remains. 

This concept of destruction as an article of faith is unique, and where it occurs in political thought (for 
instance, in the Communist philosophy) may also derive originally from the teaching of Deuteronomy, for there 
is no other discoverable source. 

Deuteronomy is above all a complete political programme: the story of the planet, created by Jehovah for 
this "special people", is to be completed by their triumph and the ruination of all others. The rewards offered 
to the faithful are exclusively material: slaughter, slaves, women, booty, territory, empire. The only condition 
laid down for these rewards is observance of "the statutes and judgments", which primarily command the 
destruction of others. The only guilt defined lies is non-observance of these laws. 7«tolerance is specified as 
observance; tolerance as non-observance, and therefore as guilt. The punishments prescribed are of this world and 
of the flesh, not of the spirit. Moral behaviour, if ever demanded, is required only towards co-religionists and 
"strangers" are excluded from it. 

This unique form of nationalism was first presented to the Judahites in Deuteronomy as "the Law" of 
Jehovah and as his literal word, spoken to Moses. The notion of world domination through destruction is 
introduced at the start (chapter 2) of these "speeches supposed to have been delivered" by the dying Moses: 

"The Lord spake unto me, saying. . . This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee 
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anguish because of thee". In token of this, the fate of two nations is at once shown. The King of Sihon and 
the King of Bashan "came out against us, he and all his people", whereon they were "utterly destroyed, the 
men, and the women, and the litde ones", only the cattle being spared and "the spoil" being taken "for a prey 
unto ourselves". (The insistence on utter destruction is a recurrent and significant feature of these illustrative 


These first examples of the power of Jehovah to destroy the heathen are followed by the first of many 
warnings that unless "the statutes and judgments" are observed Jehovah will punish his special people by 
dispersing them among these heathen. The enumeration of these "statutes and judgments" follows the 
Commandments, the moral validity of which is at once destroyed by a promise of tribal massacre: 

"Seven nations greater and mightier than thou" are to be delivered into the Judahites' hands, and: 
"Thou shalt utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them. . . ye 
shall destroy their alters . . . for thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God; the Lord thy God hath chosen 
thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are on the face of the earth . . . Thou shalt be 
blessed above all people . . . And thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee; 
thine eye shall have no pity upon them. . . the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that 
are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed, . . And the Lord thy God will put out these nations 
before thee by little and little. . . But the Lord thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them 
with a mighty destruction until they be destroyed. And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt 
destroy their name from under heaven; there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed 
them. . ." 

By the Twentieth Century AD the peoples of the West, as a whole, had ceased to attach any present 
meaning to these incitements, but the peoples directly concerned thought differently. For instance, the Arab 
population of Palestine fled en masse from its native land after the massacre at Deir Yasin in 1948 because 
this event meant for them (as its perpetrators intended it to mean) that if they stayed they would be "utterly 

They knew that the Zionist leaders, in the palavers with British and American politicians of the distant 
West, repeatedly had stated that "the Bible is our Mandate" (Dr. Chaim Weizmann), and they knew (if the 
Western peoples did not realize) that the allusion was to such passages as that commanding the "utter 
destruction" of the Arab peoples. They knew that the leaders of the West had supported and would continue 
to support the invaders and thus they had no hope of even bare survival, save by flight. This massacre of 
1948 AD relates directly to the "statute and judgment" laid down in chapter 7 of the book of The Law which 
the Levites completed and read in 621 BC. 

The incitements and allurements of Deuteronomy continue: ". . . Go in to possess nations greater and 
mightier than thyself . . . the Lord thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall 
destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face; so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them 
quickly, as the Lord hath said unto thee. . . For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I 
command you . . . then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater 
nations and mightier 

[17] than yourselves . . . even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. There shall no man be able to stand 
before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye 
shall tread upon . . ." 

Then Moses, in this account, enumerates the "statutes and judgments" which must be "observed" if all 
these rewards are to be gained, and again "the Law" is to destroy: 

"These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do . . . Ye shall utterly destroy all the 
places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods. . . When the Lord thy God shall cut off the 
nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their 
land: Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them. . . and that thou inquire not after their 

This tenet of "the Law" requires the faithful to destroy other religions. It was impartial when enacted 
but gained a specific application in later centuries from the fact that the Christian faith grew up in, and the 
mass of Jews then moved into, the same geographical area: the West. (This made Christianity the primary 
object of the command to "utterly destroy the places. . .", and the dynamiting of Russian cathedrals, the 
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which were to nine-tenths comprized of Eastern Jews, were evidently deeds of "observance" under this 
"statute" of Deuteronomy). 

The ideas of the inquisition of heretics and of the informer, which the West has used in its 
retrogressive periods and repudiated in its enlightened ones, also find their original source (unless any can 
locate an earlier one) in Deuteronomy. Lest any such heretic should call in question the Law of destruction, 
summarized in the preceding paragraphs, Deuteronomy next provides that "if there arise among you a prophet 
or a dreamer of dreams . . . (he) shall be put to death"; the crucifixion of Jesus (and the deaths of numerous 
expostulants against literal Judaism) fall under this "statute". 

The denunciation of kinsfolk who incur suspicion of heresy is required. This is the terrorist device 
introduced in Russia by the Bolshevists in 1917 and copied in Germany by the National Socialists in 1933. 
The Christian world at the time professed horror at these barbarbous innovations, but the method is plainly 
laid down in Deuteronomy, which requires that any who say, "Let us go and serve other gods", be denounced 
by their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, wives and so on, and be stoned to death. 

Characteristically, Deuteronomy prescribes that the hand of the bloodkinsman or spouse shall be "first 
upon" the victim of denunciation at the killing, and only afterwards "the hand of all the people". This "statute 
of the Law" is still observed today, in a measure dictated by local conditions and other circumstances. 
Apostates cannot be publicly stoned to death in the environment of foreign communities, where the law of 
"the stranger" might hold this to be 

[18] murder, so that a formal pronunciation of "death" and ceremony of mourning symbolically takes the 
place of the legal penalty; see Dr. John Goldstein's account both of the symbolic rite and of a recent attempt 
to exact the literal penalty, which during the centuries was often inflicted in closed Jewish communities where 
the law of "the stranger" could not reach. 

The Law also demands that entire communities shall be massacred on the charge of apostasy: "Thou 
shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is 

In this matter of destroying cities, Deuteronomy distinguishes between near (that is, Palestinian) and far 
cities. When a "far off city" has been captured, "thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the 
sword, but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, 
shalt thou take unto thyself. . ." This incitement in respect of captured women is a recurrent theme and 
Deuteronomy lays down the law that a Judahite captor who sees among captives "a beautiful woman" may take 
her home, but if he had "no delight in her" may turn her out again. 

The case of a near city is different; the law of utter destruction (against which Saul transgressed) then 
rules. "But of the cities of these people which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt 
save alive nothing that breatheth; But thou shalt utterly destroy them. . . as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee". 
(This verse 16 of chapter 20, again, explains the mass flight of the Palestinian Arabs after Deir Yasin, where 
nothing that breathed was saved alive. They saw that literal fulfilment of the Law of 621 BC was the order of 
the day in 1948 AD, and that the might of the West was behind this fulfilment of the Law of "utter 

The Second Law continues: "Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath 
chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth". Further 
"statutes and judgments" then provide that "anything that dieth of itself, being unclean, may not be eaten, 
but "thou shalt give it to the stranger ... or thou mayest sell it to the alien; for thou art an holy people unto 
the Lord thy God". 

Every seven years a creditor shall remit his "neighbour's" debt, but "of a foreigner thou mayest exact it 
again". Chapter 10 (surprisingly in this context) says, "Love ye therefore the stranger; for ye were strangers in 
the land of Egypt", but chapter 23 brings the familiar cancellation: "Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy 
brother . . . unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury" (and graver examples of this legal discrimination 
between the "neighbour" and "the "stranger" appear in later books, as will be seen). 

Deuteronomy ends with the long-drawn-out, rolling, thunderous curse-or-blessing theme. Moses, about 
to die, once more exhorts "the people" to choose between blessings and cursings, and these are enumerated. 

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[19] crop and kine; the defeat of enemies; and world dominion. "The Lord thy God will set thee on high 
above all nations of the earth . . . The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself . . . And all people 
of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee. . . thou shalt 
lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and 
thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath . . ." 

These blessings occupy thirteen verses; the cursings some fifty or sixty. The deity in whose name the 
curses are uttered clearly was held capable of doing evil (indeed, this is explicitly stated in a later book, 
E^ekiel, as will be shown). 

Literal Judaism is ultimately based on terror and fear and the list of curses set out in chapter 28 of The 
Second Law shows the importance which the priesthood attached to this practice of cursing (which literal 
Judaists to this day hold to be effective in use). These curses, be it remembered, are the penalties for non- 
observance, not for moral transgressions! "If thou will not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to 
observe to do all his commandments and statutes. . . all these curses shall come upon thee . . ." 

The city and the dwelling, the children, crops and cattle, are to be cursed "until thou be destroyed and 
until thou perish utterly". Plague, wasting, inflammation, mildew, botch, emerods, scab, itch, madness, 
blindness, famine, cannibalism and drought are specified. Men's wives are to lie with other men; their children 
are to be lost into slavery; any that remain at home are to be eaten by their parents, the father and mother 
contesting for the flesh and denying any to the children still alive. (These curses were included in the Great 
Ban when it was pronounced on apostates down to relatively recent times, and in the fastnesses of Talmudic 
Jewry are probably in use today). 

The diseases and disasters were to be visited on the people "if thou wilt not observe to do all the 
words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, the Lord 
Thy God: . . I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, 
blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live for ever". 

Such was the life and the blessing which the Judahites, gathered in the Temple in 621 BC, were 
exhorted in the name of Jehovah and Moses to choose by their tribal chieftain Josiah, the mouthpiece of the 
priesthood. The purpose and meaning of existence, under this "Mosaic Law", was the destruction and 
enslavement of others for the sake of plunder and power. Israel might from that moment have counted itself 
happy to have been pronounced dead and to have been excluded from such a world to come. The Israelites 
had mingled in the living bloodstream of mankind; on its banks the Judahites were left stranded in the power 
of a fanatical priesthood which commanded them, on pain of "all these curses", to destroy. 


To the terror inspired by "all these curses" the Levites added also an allurement. If "the people" should 
"return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments. . .", then "all these curses" would be 
transferred to their "enemies" (not because these had sinned, but simply to swell the measure of the blessing 
conferred on the rehabilitated Judahites!) 

In this tenet Deuteronomy most clearly revealed the status allotted to the heathen by The Second Law. In 
the last analysis, "the heathen" have no legal existence under this Law; how could they have, when Jehovah 
only "knows" his "holy people"? Insofar as their actual existence is admitted, it is only for such purposes as 
those stated in verse 65, chapter 28 and verse 7, chapter 30: namely, to receive the Judahites when they are 
dispersed for their transgressions and then, when their guests repent and are forgiven, to inherit curses lifted 
from the regenerate Judahites. True, the second verse quoted gives the pretext that "all these curses" will be 
transferred to the heathen because they "hated" and "persecuted" the judahites, but how could they be held 
culpable of this when the very presence of the Judahites among them was merely the result of punitive 
"curses" inflicted by Jehovah? For Jehovah himself, according to another verse (64, chapter 28) took credit 
for putting the curse of exile on the Judahites: 

"And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other . 
. . and among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest. . ." 

Deuteronomy employs this Doublespeak (to use the modem idiom) throughout: the Lord makes the 
special people homeless among the heathen for their transgressions; the heathen, who have no blame either 
for their exile or for those transgressions, are their "persecutors "; ergo, the heathen will be destroyed. 

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The Judaist attitude towards other mankind, creation, and the universe in general, is better understood 
when these and related passages have been pondered, and especially the constant plaint that Jews are 
"persecuted" everywhere, which in one tone or another runs through nearly all Jewish literature. To any who 
accept this book as The Law, the mere existence of others is in fact persecution; Deuteronomy plainly implies 

The most nationalist Jew and the most enlightened Jew often agree in one thing: they cannot truly 
consider the world and its affairs from any but a Jewish angle, and from that angle "the stranger" seems 
insignificant. Thinking makes it so, and this is the legacy of twenty-five centuries of Jewish thinking; even 
those Jews who see the heresy or fallacy cannot always divest themselves entirely of the incubus on their 
minds and spirits. 

The passage from Deuteronomy last quoted shows that the ruling sect depicted homelessness at one and 
the same time as the act of the special people's god and as persecution by the special people's enemies, 
deserving of "all these curses". To minds of such extreme egotism a political outrage in which 95 Gentiles 
and 5 Jews lose their lives or property is simply an anti-Jewish disaster, and they are not 

[21] consciously hypocritical in this. In the Twentieth Century this standard of judgment has been projected 
into the lives of other peoples and applied to all major events in the ordeal of the West. Thus we live in the 
century of the Levitical fallacy. 

Having undertaken to put "all these curses" on innocent parties, if the Judahites would return to 
observance of "all these statutes and judgments", the resurrected Moses of Deuteronomy promised one more 
blessing ("The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, 
and thou shalt possess them. . . ") and then was allowed to die in the land of Moab. 

In "the Mosaic Law" the destructive idea took shape, which was to threaten Christian civilization and 
the West, both then undreamed of. During the Christian era a council of theologians made the decision that 
the Old Testament and the New should be bound in one book, without any differentiation, as if they were 
stem and blossom, instead of immovable object and irresistible force. The encyclopaedia before me as I write 
states laconically that the Christian churches accept the Old Testament as being of "equal divine authority" 
with the New. 

This unqualified acceptance covers the entire content of the Old Testament and may be the original 
source of much confusion in the Christian churches and much distraction among the masses that seek 
Christianity, for the dogma requires belief in opposite things at the same time. How can the same God, by 
commandment to Moses, have enjoined men to love their neighbours and "utterly to destroy" their 
neighbours? What relationship can there be between the universal, loving God of the Christian revelation and 
the cursing deity of Deuteronomy? 

But if in fact all the Old Testament, including these and other commands, is of "equal divine authority" 
with the New, then the latterday Westerner is entitled to invoke it in justification of those deeds by which 
Christendom most denied itself: the British settlers' importation of African slaves to America, the American 
and Canadian settlers' treatment of the North American Indian, and the Afrikaners' harsh rule over the South 
African Bantu. He may justly put the responsibility for all these things directly on his Christian priest or 
bishop, if that man teaches that the Old Testament, with its repeated injunction to slay, enslave, and despoil is 
of "equal divine authority". No Christian divine can hold himself blameless if he so teaches. The theological 
decision which set up this dogma cast over Christendom and the centuries to come the shadow of 
Deuteronomy, just as it fell on the Judahites themselves when it was read to them in 621 BC. 

Only one other piece of writing has had any comparable effect on the minds of men and on future 
generations; if any simplification is permissible, the most tempting one is to see the whole story of the West, 
and particularly of this decisive Twentieth Century, as a struggle between the Mosaic Law and the New 
Testament and between the two bodies of mankind which rank themselves 
[22] behind one or other of those two messages of hatred and love respectively. 

In Deuteronomy Judaism was born, yet this would have been a stillbirth, and Deuteronomy might never 
again have been heard of, if that question had rested only with the Levites and their captive Judahites. They 
were not numerous, and a nation a hundred times as many could never have hoped to enforce this barbarous 
creed on the world by force of its own muscle. There was only one way in which "the Mosaic Law" could 
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follow. This was if some powerful "stranger" (among all those strangers yet to be accursed), some mighty 
king of those "heathen" yet to be destroyed, should support it with arms and treasure. 

Precisely that was about to happen when Josiah read The Second Law to the people in 621 BC, and it 
was to repeat itself continually down the centuries to our day: the gigantic improbability of the thing 
confronts the equally large, demonstrable fact that it is so! The rulers of those "other nations" which were to 
be dispossessed and destroyed repeatedly espoused the destructive creed, did the bidding of the dominant 
sect, and at the expense of their own peoples helped to further its strange ambition. 

Some twenty years after the reading of Deuteronomy in Jerusalem, Judah was conquered by the 
Babylonian king, in about 596 BC. At the time, this looked like the end of the affair, which was a petty one in 
itself, among the great events of that period. Judah never again existed as an independent state, and but for 
the Levites, their Second Law and the foreign helper the Judahites, like the Israelites, would have become 
involved in mankind. 

Instead, the Babylonian victory was the start of the affair, or of its great consequences for the world. 
The Law, instead of dying, grew stronger in Babylon, where for the first time a foreign king gave it his 
protection. The permanent state- within- states, nation-within-nations was projected, a first time, into the life 
of peoples; initial experience in usurping power over them was gained. Much tribulation for other peoples 
was brewed then. 

As for the Judahites, or the Judaists and Jews who sprang from them, they seem to have acquired the 
unhappiest future of all. Anyway, it was not a happy man (though it was a Jewish writer of our day, 2,500 
years later, Mr. Maurice Samuel) who wrote: ". . . we Jews, the destroyers, will remain the destroyer forever. . . 
nothing that the Gentiles will do will meet our needs and demands". 

At first sight this seems mocking, venomous, shameless. The diligent student of the controversy of 
Zionism discovers that it is more in the nature of a cry of hopelessness, such as the "Mosaic Law" must wring 
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Chapter 4 


The Babylonian episode was decisive in its consequences, both for the petty tribe of Judah at the time 
and for the Western world today. 

During this period the Levites achieved things which were permanently to affect the life of peoples. 
They added four Books to Deuteronomy and thus set up a Law of racio-religious intolerance which, if it could 
be enforced, would for all time cut off the Judahites from mankind. By experiment in Babylon, they found 
ways of enforcing it, that is to say, of keeping their followers segregated from those among whom they dwelt. 
They acquired authority among their captors, and at last they "pulled down" and "utterly destroyed" their 
captors' house; or if this did not truly happen, they handed on this version of history to a posterity which 
accepted it and in time began to see in these people an irresistibly destructive force. 

The first "captivity" (the Egyptian) seems to have been completely legendary; at any rate, what is 
known confutes it and as Exodus was completed after the Babylonian incident the Levitical scribes may have 
devised the story of the earlier "captivity", and of Jehovah's punishment of the Egyptians, to support the 
version of the Babylonian period which they were then preparing. 

In any case, what truly happened in Babylon seems to have been greatly different from the picture of a 
mass-captivity, later followed by a mass-return, which has been handed down by the Levitical scriptures. 

No mass-exodus of captives from Jerusalem to Babylon can have occurred, because the mass of the 
Judahite people, from which a Jewish nation later emerged, was already self-distributed far and wide about 
the known world (that is, around the Mediterranean, in lands west and east of Judah), having gone wherever 
conditions for commerce were most favourable. 

In that respect the picture was in its proportions very much like that of today. In Jerusalem was only a 
nucleus, comprizing chiefly the most zealous devotees of the Temple cult and folk whose pursuits bound 
them to the land. The authorities agree that merely a few tens of thousands of people were taken to Babylon, 
and that these represented a small fraction of the whole. 

Nor were the Judahites unique in this dispersion, although the literature of lamentation implies that. 
The Parsees of India offer a case nearly identical and of the same period; they, too, survived the loss of state 
and country as a religious community in dispersion. The later centuries offer many examples of the survival 
of racial or religious groups far from their original clime. With the passing of generations such racial groups 
come to think of their ancestors' homeland simply as "the old country"; the religious ones turn their eyes 
towards a holy city (say, Rome or Mecca) merely from a different spot on earth. 

The difference in the case of the Judahites was that old country and holy city were the same; that 
Jehovaism demanded a triumphant return and restoration of 

[24] temple-worship, over the bodies of the heathen destroyed; and that this religion was also their law of 
daily life, so that a worldly political ambition, of the ancient tribal or nationalist kind, was also a primary 
article of faith. Other such creeds of primitive times became fossilized; this one survived to derange the life 
of peoples throughout the ages to our day, when it achieved its most disruptive effect. 

This was the direct result of the experiments made and the experience gained by the Levites in 
Babylon, where they were first able to test the creed in an alien environment. 

The benevolent behaviour of the Babylonian conquerors towards their Judahite prisoners was the 
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been read to them just before their defeat: "Save nothing alive that breatheth. . ." Dr. Kastein says the 
captives "enjoyed complete freedom" of residence, worship, occupation and selfadministration. 

This liberality allowed the Levites to make captives of people who thus were largely free; under priestly 
insistence they were constrained to settle in closed communities, and in this way the ghetto and Levite power 
were born. The Talmudic ruling of the Christian era, which decreed the excommunication of Jews if without 
permission they sold "neighbour-property" to "strangers", comes down from that first experiment in self- 
segregation, in Babylon. 

The support of the foreign ruler was necessary for this corralling of expatriates by their own priests, 
and it was given on this first occasion, as on innumerable other occasions ever since. 

With their people firmly under their thumbs, the Levites then set about to complete the compilation of 
"The Law". The four books which they added to Deuteronomy make up the Torah, and this word, which 
originally meant doctrine, is now recognized to mean "the Law". However, "completion" is a most misleading 
word in this connection. 

Only the Torah (in the sense of the five books) was completed. The Eaw was not then and never can be 
completed, given the existence of the "secret Torah" recorded by the Talmud (which itself was but the later 
continuation of the Torah), and the priestly claim to divine right of interpretation. In fact, "the Law" was 
constantly changed, often to close some loophole which might have allowed "the stranger" to enjoy a right 
devolving only on "a neighbour". Some examples of this continuing process of amendment have already been 
given, and others follow in this chapter. The effect was usually to make hatred of or contempt for "the 
stranger" an integral part of "the Law" through the provision of discriminatory penalties or immunities. 

When the Torah was complete a great stockade, unique in its nature but still incomplete, had been 
built between any human beings who at any time accepted this "Law" and the rest of mankind. The Torah 
allowed no distinction between this Law of Jehovah and that of man, between religious and civil law. The law 

[25] "the stranger", theologically and juridically, had no existence, and any pretension to enforce one was 
"persecution", as Jehovah's was the only law. 

The priesthood claimed that the Torah governed every act of daily life, down to the most trivial. Any 
objection that Moses could not have received from Jehovah on the mountain detailed instructions covering 
every conceivable action performed by man, was met with the dogma that the priesthood, like relay runners, 
handed on from generation to generation "the oral tradition" of Jehovah's revelation to Moses, and infinite 
power of reinterpretation. However, such objections were rare, as the Law prescribed the death penalty for 

Mr. Montefiore remarks, accurately, that the Old Testament is "revealed legislation, not revealed 
truth", and says the Israelite prophets cannot have known anything of the Torah as the Levites completed it 
in Babylon. Jeremiah's words, "the pen of the Scribes is in vain" evidently refer to this process of Levitical 
revision and to the attribution of innumerable new "statutes and judgments" to Jehovah and Moses. 

"Sin" was not a concept in the Torah as it took shape. That is logical, for in law there cannot be "sin", 
only crime or misdemeanour. The only offence known to this Law was non-observance, which meant crime or 
misdemeanour. What is commonly understood by "sin", namely, moral transgression, was sometimes 
expressly enjoined by it or made absolvable by the sacrifice of an animal. 

The idea of "the return" (together with the related ideas of destruction and dominion) was basic to the 
dogma, which stood or fell by it. No strong impulse to return from Babylon to Jerusalem existed among the 
people (any more than today, when the instinct of the vast majority of Jews is completely against "return", so 
that the Zionist state is much more easily able to find money abroad than immigrants). 

Literal fulfilment was the supreme tenet and that meant that possession of Palestine, the "centre" of 
the dominant empire to come, was essential (as it still is); its importance in the pattern was political, not 

Thus the Levites in Babylon added Exodus, Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers to Deuteronomy. Genesis and 
Exodus provide a version of history moulded to fit the "Law" which the Levites by then had already 
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(however the first two chapters of Genesis give somewhat different accounts of the Creation and the Levitical 
hand, as scholars believe, is more to be seen in the second chapter than the first). 

Whatever has survived of the former Israelite tradition is in Genesis and Exodus, and in the enlightened 
passages of the Israelite prophets. These more benevolent parts are invariably cancelled out by later, fanatical 
ones, which are presumably Levitical interpolations. 

The puzzle is to guess why the Levites allowed these glimpses of a loving God of all men to remain; as 
they invalidated the New Law and could have been 

[26] removed. A tenable theory might be that the earlier tradition was too well known to the tribespeople to 
be merely expunged, so that it had to be retained and cancelled out by allegorical incident and amendment. 

Although Genesis and Exodus were produced after Deuteronomy the theme of fanatical tribalism is faint in 
them. The swell and crescendo come in Deuteronomy, Leviticus and Numbers, which bear the plain imprint of the 
Levite in isolated Judah and Babylon. 

Thus in Genesis the only fore-echo of the later sound and fury is, "And I will make of thee a great 
nation and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will bless them that 
bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. . . and the 
Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land. . ." 

Exodus is not much different: for instance, "If thou shalt indeed, . . do all that I speak, then I will be an 
enemy unto thine enemies. . . and I will cut them off; and even these passages may be Levitical 

But in Exodus something of the first importance appears: this promise is sealed in blood, and from this 
point on blood runs like a river through the books of The Law. Moses is depicted as "taking the blood and 
sprinkling it on the people" and saying, "Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with 
you concerning all these words". The hereditary and perpetual office of the Aaronite priesthood is founded in 
this blood-ritual: Jehovah says unto Moses, "And take unto thee Aaron thy brother and his sons with him 
that he may minister unto me in the priest's office". 

The manner of a priest's consecration is then laid down in detail by Jehovah himself, according to the 
Levitical scribes: 

He must take a bullock and two rams "without blemish", have them butchered "before the Lord", and 
on the altar burn one ram and the innards of the bullock. The blood of the second ram is to be put "upon the 
tip of the right ear of Aaron and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons and upon the thumb of their right 
hands and upon the great toe of their right foot" and sprinkled "upon the altar round about. . . and upon 
Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons and the garments of his sons". 

The picture of blood-bespattered priests, thus given, is worth contemplation. Even at this distance of 
time the question prompts itself: why was this insistent emphasis laid on Woo^-sacrifice in the books of the 
Law which the Levites produced. The answer seems to lie in the sect's uncanny genius for instilling fear by 
terror; for the very mention of "blood", in such contexts, made the faithful or superstitious Judahite tremble 
for his own son! 

It is all spelt out in Exodus, this claim of the fanatical priests to the firstborn of their followers: 

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the 
womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of 
[27] beast: it is mine". 

According to the passage earlier quoted from Micah, this practice of sacrificing the human firstborn 
long continued, and the sight of the bloodied Levite must have had a terrible significance for the humble 
tribesman, for in the words attributed to God, quoted above, the firstborn "of man and of beast" are coupled. 
This significance remained long after the priesthood (in a most ingenious way which will later be described) 
contrived to discontinue human sacrifice while retaining the prerogative. Even then the blood which was 
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Moreover, in the Talmudic strongholds of Jewry this ritual bloodying of priests has continued into our 
time; this is not a reminiscence from antiquity. Twenty-four centuries after Exodus was compiled the Reform 
Rabbis of America (at Pittsburgh in 1885) declared: "We expect neither a return to Palestine, nor a sacrificial 
worship under the administration of the sons of Aaron; nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning the Jewish 
State". The importance of this statement lay in the need, thus felt in 1885, to make it publicly; it shows that 
the opposite school of Jewry still practised literal observance, including the ritual of "sacrificial worship". (By 
the 1950's the Reform Rabbis of America had lost much ground and were in retreat before the force of 
Zionist chauvinism). 

The Levitical authorship of the Torah is indicated, again, by the fact that more than half of the five 
books are given to minutely detailed instructions, attributed directly to the Lord, about the construction and 
furnishings of altars and tabernacles, the cloth and design of vestments, mitres, girdles, the kind of golden 
chains and precious stones in which the blood-baptized priest is to be arrayed, as well as the number and kind 
of beasts to be sacrificed for various transgressions, the uses to be made of their blood, the payment of tithes 
and shekels, and in general the privileges and perquisites of the priesthood. Scores of chapters are devoted to 
blood sacrifice, in particular. 

God probably does not so highly rate the blood of animals or the fine raiment of priests. This was the 
very thing, against which the Israelite "prophets" had protested. It was the mummifying of a primeval tribal 
religion; yet this is still The Law of the ruling sect and it is of great potency in our present-day world. 

When they compiled these Books of the Law, the Levitical scribes included many allegorical or 
illustrative incidents of the awful results of "non-observance". These are the parables of the Old Testament, 
and their moral is always the same: death to the "transgressor". Exodus includes the best known of these, the 
parable of the golden calf. While Moses was in the mountain Aaron made a golden calf; when Moses came 
down and saw it he commanded "the sons of Levi" to go through the camp "and slay every man his brother, 
and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour", which these dutiful Levites did, so that "there fell of 
the people that day about three thousand men". 


Christendom also has inherited this parable of the golden calf (having inherited the Old Testament) 
and holds it to be a warning against the worship of idols. However, a quite different motive may have 
produced whatever trend among the people caused the Levites to invent it. Many Judahites, and possibly 
some priests, at that time may have thought that God would be better pleased with the symbolic offering of a 
golden calf than with the eternal bleating of butchered animals, the "sprinkling" of their blood, and the "sweet 
savour" of their burning carcasses. The Levites at all times fought fiercely against any such weakening of their 
ritual, so that these parables are always directed against any who seek to change it in any detail. 

A similar case is the "rebellion of Korah" (Numbers), when "two and fifty hundred princes of the 
assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown, gathered themselves together against Moses and 
against Aaron and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every 
one of them, and the Lord is among them; wherefore then lift ye yourselves above the congregation of the 

The Israelite "prophets" had made this very complaint, that the Levites took much on themselves, and 
the parable in Numbers is plainly intended to discourage any other objectors: "So the earth opened and 
swallowed Korah and his two hundred and fifty men of renown" (however, the congregation "continued to 
murmur", whereon the Lord smote it with the plague, and by the time Aaron interceded, "fourteen thousand 
and seven hundred" lay dead.) 

The lesson of these parables, respect for the priesthood, is driven home immediately after this 
anecdote by the enumeration, in words attributed to the Lord, of the Levite's perquisites: "All the best of the 
oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the first fruits of them which they shall offer unto the Lord, 
them have I given thee". 

Presumably because the older tradition imposed some restraint in the writing of history, Genesis and 
Exodus are relatively restrained. The fanatical note, first loudly sounded in Deuteronomy, then becomes ever 
louder in Eeviticus and Numbers, until at the end a concluding parable depicts a racio-religious massacre as an 
act of the highest piety in "observance", singled out for reward by God! These last two books, like 
Deuteronomy, are supposed to have been left by Moses and to relate his communions with Jehovah. In their 
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They show the growth of the sect's fanaticism at this period, and the increasing heat of their 
exhortations to racial and religious hatred. Deuteronomy had first decreed, "Love ye therefore the stranger", and 
then cancelled this "judgment" (which probably came down from the earlier Israelite tradition) by the later 
one which excluded the stranger from the ban on usury. 

Leviticus went much further. It, too, began with the admonition to love: "The 
[29] stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as 
thyself (chapter 19). The reversal came in chapter 25: "Of the children of the stranger that do sojourn 
among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land, and 
they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit 
them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren, the children of Israel, ye 
shall not rule over one another with rigour". 

This made hereditary bondage and chattel-slavery of "strangers" a tenet of the Law (which is still 
valid). If the Old Testament is of "equal divine authority" with the New, professing Christians of the pioneer, 
frontiersman or Voortrekker kind were entitled in their day to invoke such passages as these in respect of 
slavery in America or South Africa. 

Leviticus introduced (at all events by clear implication) what is perhaps the most significant of all the 
discriminations made by the Law between "thy neighbour" and "the stranger". Deuteronomy, earlier, had 
provided (chapter 22) that "if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with 
her: then the man only that lay with her shall die; but unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the 
damsel no sin worthy of death; for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is 
this matter". This is the kind of provision, in respect of rape, which probably would have been found in any 
of the legal codes which were then taking shape, and for that matter it would fit into almost any legal code 
today, save for the extreme nature of the penalty. This passage, again, may very well represent the earlier 
Israelite attitude towards this particular transgression; it was impartial and did not vary according to the 
person of the victim. 

Leviticus (chapter 19) then provided that a man who "lieth carnally" with a betrothed woman slave might 
acquit himself of fault by bringing a ram to the priest "as a trespass offering", when "the sin which he hath 
done shall be forgiven him", but the woman "shall be scourged". Under this Law the word of a woman slave 
clearly would not count against that of her owner, on a charge of rape, so that this passage appears to be an 
amendment, of the discriminatory kind, to the provision in Deuteronomy, Certain allusions in the Talmud 
support this interpretation, as will be shown. . 

Leviticus also contains its parable depicting the awful consequences of non-observance, and this 
particular example shows the extreme lengths to which the Levites went. The transgression committed by the 
two allegorical characters in this case (who were themselves two Levites, Hadab and Abihu) was merely that 
they burned the wrong kind of fire in their censers. This was a capital offence under "the Law" and they were 
immediately devoured by the Lord! 

Numbers, the last of the five Books to be produced, is the most extreme. In it the Levites found a way 
to rid themselves of their chief prerogative (the claim to 

[30] the firstborn) while perpetuating "the Law" in this, its supreme tenet. This was a political move of genius. 
The claim to the firstborn evidently had become a source of grave embarrassment to them, but they could 
not possibly surrender the first article of a literal Law which knew no latitude whatever in "observance"; to do 
so would have been itself a capital transgression. By one more reinterpretation of the Law they made 
themselves proxies for the firstborn, and thus staked a permanent claim on the gratitude of the people 
without any risk to themselves: 

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, And I, behold. I have taken the Levites from among the 
children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the 
Levites shall be mine; because all the firstborn are mine. . ." (As the firstborn to be so redeemed 
outnumbered their Levite redeemers by 273, payment of five shekels each for these 273 was required, the 
money to be given "to Aaron and his sons".) 

Proceeding from this new status of redeemers, the Levites laid down many more "statutes and 
judgments" in Numbers, They ruled by terror and were ingenious in devising new ways of instilling it; an 
example is their "trial of jealousy". If "the spirit of jealousy" came on a man, he was legally obliged (by "the 
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concoction of "bitter water" made by him, saying, "If no man have lain with thee and if thou hast not gone 
aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the 
curse. But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man 
have lain with thee beside thine husband. . . the Lord make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when 
the Lord doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell." 

The woman then had to drink the bitter water and if her belly swelled the priests "executed the law" of 
death on her. The power which such a rite put in the hands of the priesthood is apparent; ascribed to the 
direct command of God, it resembles the practices of witch doctors in Africa. 

The final touch is given to "the Law" in the last chapters of this, the last book to be compiled. It is 
provided by the parable of Moses and the Midianites. The reader will have remarked that the life and deeds of 
Moses, as related in Exodus, made him a capital transgressor, several times over, under the "Second Law" of 
Deuteronomy and the numerous other amendments of Leviticus and Numbers, By taking refuge with the 
Mdianites, by marrying the Midianite highpriest's daughter and by receiving instruction in priestly rites from 
him, and in other ways, Moses had "gone a-whoring after other gods", had "taken of their daughters", and so 
on. As the whole structure of the law rested on Moses, in whose name the commands against these things 
were laid down in the later books, something evidently had to be done about him before the Books of the 
Law were completed, or the whole structure would fall to the ground. 


The last small section of Numbers shows how the difficulty was overcome by the scribes. In these final 
chapters of "the Law" Moses is made to conform with "all the statutes and judgments" and to redeem his 
transgressions by massacring the entire Midianite tribe, save for the virgins! By what in today's idiom would 
be called a fantastic "twist", Moses was resurrected so that he might dishonour his saviours, his wife, two 
sons and father-in-law. Posthumously he was made to "turn from his wickedness", to validate the racio- 
religious dogma which the Levites had invented, and by complete transfiguration from the benevolent 
patriarch of earlier legend to become the founding father of their Law of hatred and murder! 

In Chapter 25 Moses is made to relate that "the anger of the Lord was kindled" because the people 
were turning to other gods. He is commanded by the Lord, "Take all the heads of the people and hang them 
up before the Lord against the sun", whereon Moses instructs the judges, "Slay ye every one his men that 
were joined unto Baalpeor" (Baal-worship was extensively practised throughout Canaan, and the competition 
of this cult with Jehovah- worship was a particular grievance of the Levites). 

The theme of religious hatred is thus introduced into the narrative. That of racial hatred is joined to it 
when, in the direct sequence, a man brings "a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses". Phinehas (the 
grandson of Moses's brother Aaron) goes after them "and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, 
and the women through her belly". Because of this deed, "the plague was stayed", and "the Lord spake unto 
Moses, saying, Phinehas hath turned away my wrath from the children of Israel, while he was jealous for my sake. 
. . Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace!" 

Thus the covenant between Jehovah and the hereditary Aaronite priesthood was again sealed (by the 
Levitical scribes) in blood, this time the blood of a racioreligious murder, which "the Lord" then describes as 
"an atonement for the children of Israel". Moses, the witness of the murder, is then ordered by the Lord, 
"Vex the Midianites and smite them". The symbolism is plain. He is required, in resurrection, to strike equally 
at "other gods" (the god of the high priest Jethro, from whom he had received instruction) and at "strangers" 
(his wife's and father-in-law's race). 

The Levites even made the ensuing massacre Moses's last act on earth; he was rehabilitated on the 
brink of eternity! "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; 
afterwards thou shalt be gathered to thy people". Thus ordered, Moses's men "warred against the Midianites 
as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. . . and took all the women of Midian captives, 
and their little ones, and took the spoil of their cities, and all their flocks, and all their gods, and burnt their 

This was not enough. Moses, the husband of a loving Midianite wife and the father of her two sons, 
was "wroth" with his officers because they had "saved all 

[32] the Midianite women alive. Behold these caused the children of Israel. . . to commit trespass against the 
Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregations of the Lord. Now therefore kill 
every male among the little ones and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, 
that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves". (The booty is then listed; after the 

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enumeration of sheep, beeves and asses follow "thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had 
not known man by lying with him". These were shared among the Levites, the soldiers and the congregation; 
"the gold" was brought to the Levites "for the Lord".) 

With that, Moses was allowed at last to rest and the Books of the Law were concluded. Incitement 
could hardly be given a more demoniac shape. Chapters 25 and 31 of Numbers need to be compared with 
chapters 2, 3 and 18 of Exodus for the full significance of the deed foisted on Jehovah and Moses by the 
Levites to become apparent. It was a plain warning to the special people of what Jehovaism was to mean to 
them; it remains today a warning to others. 

On that note The Law ended. Its authors were a small sect in Babylon, with a few thousand followers 
there. However, the power of their perverse idea was to prove very great. By giving material ambition the 
largest shape it can have on earth, they identified themselves forever with the baser of the two forces which 
eternally contend for the soul of man: that downward pull of the fleshly instincts which wars with the 
uplifting impulse of the spirit. 

The theologians of Christendom claim more for this Law than the scholars of Jewry. I have before me 
a Christian Bible, recently published, with an explanatory note which says the five books of the Torah are 
"accepted as true", and for that matter also the historical, prophetic and poetic books. This logically flows 
from the dogma, earlier quoted, that the Old Testament is of "equal divine authority" with the New. 

The Judaist scholars say differently. Dr. Kastein, for instance, says that the Torah was "the work of an 
anonymous compiler" who "produced a pragmatic historical work". The description is exact; the scribe or scribes 
provided a version of history, subjectively written to support the compendium of laws which was built on it; 
and both history and laws were devised to serve a "political purpose. "A unifying idea underlay it all", says Dr. 
Kastein, and this unifying idea was tribal nationalism, in a more fanatical form than the world has otherwise 
known. The Torah was not revealed religion but, as Mr. Montefiore remarked, "revealed legislation", enacted 
to an end. 

While the Law was being compiled (it was not completed until the Babylonian "captivity" had ended) 
the last two remonstrants made their voices heard, Isaiah and Jeremiah. The hand of the Levite may be traced 
in the interpolations which were made in their books, to bring them into line with "the Law" and its 
supporting "version of history". The falsification is clearest in the book of Isaiah, 

[33] "which is the best known case because it is the most easily demonstrable. Fifteen chapters of the book 
were written by someone who knew the Babylonian captivity, whereas Isaiah lived some two hundred years 
earlier. The Christian scholars circumvent this by calling the unknown man "Deutero-Isaiah", or the second 

"This man left the famous words (often quoted out of their context), "The Lord hath said. . . I will also 
give thee for a light unto the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth". This was 
heresy under the Law which was in preparation and the Levite apparently added (as the same man 
presumably would not have written) the passages foretelling that "the kings and queens" of the Gentiles 
"shall bow down to thee with their face towards the earth and lick up the dust of thy feet ... I will feed them 
that oppress thee with their own flesh and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine; 
and all flesh shall know that I am the Lord thy Saviour and thy Redeemer" (This sounds like the voice of 
Ezekiel, who was the true father of the Levitical Law, as will be seen.) 

Jeremiah's book seems to have received Levitical amendment at the start, because the familiar opening 
passage sharply discords with other of Jeremiah's thoughts: "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and 
over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy ..." 

That does not sound like the man who wrote, in the next chapter: "The word of the Lord came to me 
saying, Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord: I remember thee, the kindness of thy 
youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown 
. . . What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me . . . my people have forsaken 
me, the fountain of living waters . . ." 

Jeremiah then identified the culprit, Judah (and for this offence well may have come by his death): 
"The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous ]udah", Israel had fallen from grace, but 
Judah had betrayed; the allusion is plainly to the Levites' new Law. Then comes the impassioned protest, 
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"Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The Temple of the Lord, the Temple of the Lord, the Temple of 
the Lord. . ." (the formal, repetitious incantations) ". . . but thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, 
oppress not the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place" (the ritual 
of blood-sacrifice and the ordained murder of apostates). . . "Will ye steal, murder and commit adultery, and 
swear falsely. . . and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are 
delivered to do all these abominations" (the ceremonial absolution after animal-sacrifice). "Is this house, 
which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? . . I spake not unto your fathers, nor 
commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or 
sacrifices " 


In such words Jeremiah, like Jesus later, protested against the "destruction" of the Law in the name of 
its fulfilment. It seems possible that even in Jeremiah's time the Levites still exacted the sacrifice of firstborn 
children, because he adds, "And they have built the high place. . . to burn their sons and daughters in the fire; 
which I commanded not, neither came it into my heart". 

Because of these very "abominations", Jeremiah continued, the Lord would "cause to cease from the 
cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of 
the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride; for the land shall be desolate". 

This is the famous political forecast which was borne out; the Levites, with their genius for perversion, 
later invoked it to support their claim that Judah fell because their Law was not observed, whereas Jeremiah's 
warning was that their Law would destroy "treacherous Judah". Were he to rise from the earth today he 
might use the word without change in respect of Zionism, for the state of affairs is similar and the ultimate 
consequence seems equally foreseeable. 

When Judah fell Jeremiah gave his most famous message of all, the one to which the Jewish masses 
today often instinctively turn, and the one which the ruling sect ever and again forbids them to heed: "Seek the 
peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the 
peace thereof shallye have peace". The Levites gave their angry answer in the 137th Psalm: 

"By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept Our tormentors asked of us mirth: Sing us one of 

the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my 
right hand forget her cunning, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth. . . O daughter of Babylon, who 
art to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and 
dasheth thy little ones against the stones". 

In Jeremiah's admonition and the Levites' reply lies the whole story of the controversy of Zion, and of 
its effects for others, down to our day. 

Jeremiah, who was apparently put to death, would today be attacked as a "crackpot", "paranoiac", 
"antisemite" and the like; the phrase then used was "prophet and dreamer of dreams". He describes the 
methods of defamation, used against such men, in words exactly applicable to our time and to many men 
whose public lives and reputations have been destroyed by them (as this narrative will show when it reaches 
the present century): "For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, they say, and we will 
report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail 
against him, and we shall take our revenge on him". 

While Jeremiah was a refugee in Egypt, the second Isaiah, in Babylon, wrote those benevolent words 
which glow like the last light of day against the dark background of the teaching which was about to triumph: 

"Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice let not the son of the stranger, that hath 

[35] joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people . . . The 
sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be 
his servants . . . even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer . . . 
for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people". 

With this glimpse of a loving God of all mankind the protests ended. The Levites and their Law were 
left paramount, and therewith the true captivity of "the Jews" began, for their enslavement to the law of racial 
and religious hatred is the only genuine captivity they have suffered. 

Jeremiah and the Second Isaiah, like the earlier Israelite remonstrants, spoke for mankind, which was 
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completed Prince Sidharta Gautama, the Buddha, had lived and died and founded the first religion of all 
mankind, founded on his First Law of Life: "From good must come good, and from evil must come evil". 
This was the answer to the Levites' Second Law, though they probably never heard of it. It was also time's 
and the human spirit's inevitable answer to Brahminism, Hindu racialism and the cult of the perpetual master- 
caste (which strongly resembles literal Judaism). 

Five hundred years ahead lay a second universal religion, and five hundred years after that a third. The 
little nation of Judah was held back in the Law's chains from this movement of mankind; it was arrested in 
the fossil stage of spiritual development, and yet its primitive tribal creed retained life and vigour. The 
Levitical Law, still potent in the Twentieth Century, is in its nature a survival from sunken times. 

Such a Law was bound to cause curiosity, first, and alarm next among peoples with whom the 
Judahites dwelt, or to their neighbours, if they dwelt alone. When the Judahites returned from Babylon to 
Jerusalem, about 538 BC, this impact on other peoples began. At that moment in time it was felt only by little 
clans and tribes, the immediate neighbours of the repatriated Judahites in Jerusalem. It has continued ever 
since in widening circles, being felt by ever greater numbers of peoples, and in our century has produced its 
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Chapter 5 


Before this first impact of "the Mosaic Law" could be felt by other peoples came the event of 536 BC 
which set the pattern of the Twentieth Century AD: the fall of Babylon. 

The resemblance between the pattern of events today (that is to say, the shape taken by the outcome 
of the two World Wars) and that of the fall of Babylon is too great to be accidental, and in fact can now be 
shown to have been deliberately produced. The peoples of the West in the present century, had they realized 
it, were governed under "the Judaic Law", not under any law of their own, by the forces that controlled 

The grouping of characters and the final denouement are alike in all three cases. On one side of the 
stage is the foreign potentate who has oppressed and affronted the Judahites (or, today, the Jews). In Babylon 
this was "King Belshazzar"; in the first World War it was the Russian Czar; in the second war, it was Hitler. 
Confronting this "persecutor", is the other foreign potentate, the liberator. In Babylon, this was King Cyrus 
of Persia; in the second case, it was a Mr. Balfour; in the third, it was a President Truman. 

Between these adversaries stands the Jehovan prophet triumphant, the great man at the foreign ruler's 
court who foretells, and survives, the disaster which is about to befall the "persecutor". In Babylon, this was 
Daniel. In the first and second world wars of this century it was a Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist prophet 
at foreign courts. 

These are the characters. Then comes the denouement, a Jehovan vengeance on "the heathen" and a 
Jewish triumph in the form of a symbolic "restoration". "King Belshazzar", when Daniel has foretold his 
doom, is killed "in the same night" and his kingdom falls to the enemy. The Jewish captors who killed the 
Russian Czar and his family, at the end of the First Twentieth Century war, quoted this precedent in a couplet 
"written on the wall" of the room where the massacre occurred; the Nazi leaders, at the end of the Second 
Twentieth Century war, were hanged on the Jewish Day of Atonement. 

Thus the two World Wars of this century have conformed, in their outcomes, to the pattern of the 
Babylonian-Persian war of antiquity as depicted in the Old Testament. 

Presumably the peoples who fought that ancient war thought that something more than the cause of 
the Judahites was at stake, and that they strove for some purpose or interest of their own. But in the narrative 
that has come down through the centuries all else has been expunged. The only significant results, in the 
picture which has been imprinted on the minds of peoples, are the Jehovan vengeance and Judahite triumph, 
and the two world wars of this century followed that same pattern. 

King Belshazzar survives only as the symbolic foreign "persecutor" of the 
[37] Judahites (although Jehovah made them his captives, as a punishment, he is nevertheless their 
"persecutor" and hence must be barbarously destroyed). King Cyrus, similarly, is but the fulfilling instrument 
of Jehovah's promise to visit "all these curses" on "thine enemies" when they have served their turn as 
captors (and thus deserves no credit in his own right, either as conqueror or liberator; he is not truly any 
better than King Belshazzar, and his house will in turn be destroyed). 

King Cyrus, from what true history tells of him, seems to have been an enlightened man, as well as the 
founder of an empire which spread over all Western Asia. According to the encyclopaedias, "he left the 
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the Judahites may have benefited by a policy which he impartially applied to all, and possibly King Cyrus, 
could he return to earth today, would be surprised to find that his portrait in history is that of a man whose 
only notable and enduring achievement was to restore a few thousand Judahites to Jerusalem. 

However, if by any chance he thought this particular question to be of paramount importance among 
his undertakings (as the Twentieth Century politicians demonstrably think), he would at his return to earth 
today be much gratified, for he would find that through this act he exerted a greater influence on human 
events in the 2,500 years to come, probably than any other temporal ruler of any age. No other deed of 
antiquity has had consequences in the present time so great or so plain to trace. 

In the Twentieth Century AD two generations of Western politicians, in the quest for Jewish favour, 
competed with each other to play the part of King Cyrus. The result was that the two World Wars produced 
only two enduring and significant results: the Jehovan vengeance on the symbolic "persecutor" and the 
Jewish triumph in the form of a new "restoration". Thus the symbolic legend of what happened at Babylon 
had by the Twentieth Century gained the force of the supreme "Law", overriding all other laws, and of truth 
and history. 

The legend itself seems to have been two-thirds untruth, or what today would be called propaganda. 
King Belshazzar himself was apparently invented by the Levites. The historical book which records the fall of 
Babylon was compiled several centuries later and was attributed to one "Daniel". It states that he was a 
Judahite captive in Babylon who rose to the highest place at court there and "sat in the gate of the king" 
(Nebuchadnezzar) through his skill in interpreting dreams. Upon him devolved the task of interpreting the 
"writing on the wall" (Daniel, 5). 

King "Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar", is then depicted as offering an insult to the Judahites 
by using "the golden and silver vessels" taken by his father from the temple in Jerusalem for a banquet with 
his princes, wives and concubines. Thereon the fingers of a man's hand write on the wall the words, 
[38] "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin". Daniel, being called to interpret, tells the king that they mean, "God 
hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it; thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting; thy 
kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians". Thereon King Belshazzar "in the same night" is slain, 
and the Persian conqueror enters, who is to "restore" the Judahites. 

Thus the end of a king and a kingdom is related directly to an affront offered to Judah and given the 
guise of a Jehovan retribution and Jewish vengeance. What matter if Daniel and King Belshazzar never 
existed: by its inclusion in the Levitical scriptures this anecdote gained the status of a legal precedent! When 
the murder of the Russian Czar, his wife, daughters and son in 1918, again, was related directly to this legend 
by words quoted from it and scrawled on a blood-bespattered wall this was at once an avowal of authorship 
of the deed, and a citation of the legal authority for it. 

When an ancient legend can produce such effects, twenty-five centuries afterwards, there is little gain 
in demonstrating its untruth, for politicians and the masses they manipulate alike love their legends more than 
truth. However, of the three protagonists in this version of the fall of Babylon, only King Cyrus certainly 
existed; King Belshazzar and Daniel seem to be figures of Levitical phantasy! 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia, which points out that King Nebuchadnezzar had no son called Belshazzar and 
that no king called Belshazzar reigned in Babylon when King Cyrus conquered it, says impartially that "the 
author oi Daniel simply did not have correct data at hand", and thus does not believe that Daniel wrote Daniel. 
Obviously, if an important Judahite favourite at court, called Daniel, had written the book he would at least 
have known the name of the king whose end he foretold, and thus have had "correct data". 

Evidently the book of Daniel, like the books of the Law attributed to Moses, was the product of 
Levitical scribes who in it patiently continued to make history conform with their Law, already laid down. If a 
King Belshazzar could be invented for the purpose of illustration and precedent, so could a prophet Daniel. 
This, apparently mythical Daniel is the most popular prophet of all with the fervent Zionists of today, who 
rejoice in the anecdote of the Judahite vengeance and triumph foretold on the wall, and see in it the legal 
precedent for all later time. The story of our present century has done more than that of any earlier one to 
strengthen them in this belief and for them Daniel, with his "interpretation" fulfilled "in the same night", 
gives the conclusive, crushing answer to the earlier Israelite prophets who had envisioned a loving God of all 
men. The fall of Babylon (as depicted by the Levites) gave practical proof of the truth and force of the 
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However, it would all have come to nothing without King Cyrus, who alone of the three protagonists 
did exist and did either allow, or compel, a few thousand Judahites to return to Jerusalem. At that point in 
history the Levitical theory of 

[39] politics, which aimed at the exercise of power through the acquirement of mastery over foreign rulers, 
was put to its first practical test and was successful. 

The Persian king was the first of a long line of Gentile oracles worked by the ruling sect, which 
through him demonstrated that it had found the secret of infesting, first, and then directing the actions of 
foreign governments. 

By the present century this mastery of governments had been brought to such a degree of power that 
they were all, in large measure, under one supreme control, so that their actions, in the end, always served the 
ambition of this supreme party. Towards the end of this book the reader will see how the Gentile oracles 
were worked, so that the antagonisms of peoples might be incited and brought into collision for this super- 
national purpose. 

However, the reader will need to look into his own soul to find, if he can, the reason why these oracles, 
his own leaders, submitted. 

King Cyrus was the first of them. Without his support the sect could not have set itself up again in 
Jerusalem and have convinced the incredulous J udahite masses, watching from all parts of the known world, 
that the racial Law was potent and would be literally fulfilled. The line of cause-and-effect runs straight and 
clear from the fall of Babylon to this century's great events; the West today owes its successive 
disappointments and its decline even more to King Cyrus, the first of the Gentile puppets, than to the 
ingenious, stealthy priesthood itself. 

"Judaism originated in the name of the Persian king and by the authority of his Empire, and thus the 
effect of the Empire of the Alchemenides extends with great power, as almost nothing else, directly into our 
present age", says Professor Eduard Meyer, and this authority's conclusion is demonstrably true. Five 
hundred years before the West even began, the Levites laid down the Law, and then through King Cyrus set 
the precedent and pattern for the downfall of the West itself. 

The five books of the Law were still not complete when King Cyrus came to Babylon and conquered. 
The sect in Babylon was still busy on them and on the supporting version of history which, by such examples 
as that of "King Belshazzar", was to give plausibility to the unbelievable and supply the precedent for 
barbaric deeds twenty-five centuries later. The mass of Judahites still knew nothing of the Law of racial 
intolerance which was being prepared for them, though religious intolerance was by this time familiar to them: 

The sect had yet to complete the Law and then to apply it to its own people. When that happened in 
458 BC, under another Persian king, the controversy of Zion at last took the shape in which it still implacably 
confronts its own people and the rest of mankind. The umbilical cord between the Judahites and other men 
was then finally severed. 

These segregated people, before whom the priesthood flaunted its version of the fall of Babylon like a 
banner, then were set on the road to a future which would find them a compact force among other peoples, 
to whose undoing they were by their Law dedicated. 

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Chapter 6 


The first people to feel the impact of this "Mosaic Law" which the Levites were developing in Babylon 
were the Samaritans, who in 538 BC warmly welcomed the Judahites returning to Jerusalem and in token of 
friendship offered to help rebuild the temple, destroyed by the Babylonians in 596 BC. At the Levites' order 
the Samaritans were brusquely repulsed and at this affront became hostile, so that the restoration of the 
temple was delayed until 520 BC. (The feud against the Samaritans continued throughout the centuries to the 
present time, when they have been reduced to a few score or dozen souls). 

The friendly approach shows that the new "Law" of the Judeans was unknown to their neighbours, 
who were taken by surprise by this rebuff. It seems to have been just as little known to, or understood by the 
Judeans themselves, at that period. The books of the Law were still being compiled in Babylon and, despite 
anything the priests may have told them, they clearly did not at that time realize that they were to be racially, 
as well as religiously, debarred from their fellow men. 

The repulse of the Samaritans gave the first hint of what was to follow. The Samaritans were Israelites, 
probably infused with other blood. They practised Jehovah-worship but did not recognize the supremacy of 
Jerusalem and on that account alone would have incurred the hatred of the Levites, who probably saw in 
them the danger of an Israelite revival and absorption of Judah. Thus the Samaritans were put under the 
major ban; even by taking a piece of bread from a Samaritan a Judahite broke all the statutes and judgments 
of the Levites and abominably defiled himself. 

After this first clash with their neighbours, the Judeans looked around them at ruined and depopulated 
Jerusalem. None of them, unless they were ancients, can have known it before. They were few in number: 
those who "returned" numbered about forty thousand, which was perhaps a tenth or twentieth of the total, 
for centuries self-dispersed in other lands. 

It was not a happy or triumphant return for these people, though it was a major political success for 
the priesthood. The Levites met the same difficulty as the Zionists in 1903, 1929 and 1953: the chosen people 
did not want to go to the promised land. Moreover, the leaders did not intend to head "the return"; they 
wished to stay in Babylon (as the Zionist leaders today wish to stay in New York). 

The solution found in 538 BC was similar to the one found in 1946: the zealots were ready to go, and a 
hapless few, who were too poor to choose, were rounded up to accompany them. Those who desired the 
privilege of remaining in Babylon (under their own prince, the Exilarch, in his own capital!) were mulcted in 
fines (just as the wealthy Jews of America are pressed today to provide funds for the Zionist state). 


The Jewish nation was already and finally dispersed; obviously it could never again be reassembled in 
Canaan. That was a fact, unalterable and permanent; "from the exile the nation did not return, but a religious 
sect only", says Professor Wellhausen. But this symbolic "return" was of the utmost importance to the 
priesthood in establishing its mystic power over the scattered mass. It could be held up as the proof that "the 
Law" was true and valid, and that the destiny of the "special people" was to destroy and dominate. 

The "return" meant quite different things to the few who returned and to the many who watched from 
the dispersion. To the few it meant the possibility to practise Jehovah-worship in the way and on the spot 
prescribed by "the Law". To the many it was a triumph of Judahite nationalism and the portent of the final 
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This watching mass had seen the means by which the success had been achieved, the conqueror 
undone and overthrown, and the "captivity" transformed into the "return". Segregation had proved effective, 
and the chief methods of enforcing this segregation were the ghetto and the synagogue. The ghetto 
(essentially a Levitical concept) had been tried out in Babylon, in the form of the closed-community in which 
thejudahites lived. 

The collective reading of the law had also proved to be an effective substitute for the ritual of worship 
which, under the Law, could be performed only at the temple in Jerusalem (this was the beginning of the 
synagogue). The institutions of the ghetto and the synagogue were adopted by the communities of the 
dispersion, and gave them a feeling of union with the exiled Judahites and the returned Judeans. 

Thus the "religious sect" which "returned" to an unknown Jerusalem was also the core of the nation- 
within-nations, state-within-states. The priesthood had shown itself able to maintain its theocracy without a 
territory of its own and under a foreign king. It had ruled its followers under its own Law; and of this Law as 
it was first imposed in exile on thejudahites in Babylon Dr. Kastein says: "Instead of the constitution of the 
defunct state, communal autonomy was established, and, instead of the power of the state, there came into 
being another power, more reliable and more enduring: the stem and inexorable regime enforced by the obligation to 
render unquestioning obedience to the regulations of the ritual. " 

The words deserve careful study; many of "the regulations of the ritual" have been quoted in this 
book. The Levites had succeeded, in "captivity" and on foreign soil, in "enforcing" a "stern and inexorable 
regime". The achievement is unique, and it has been a continuing one, from that time to our day. 

"Strangers" are usually puzzled to imagine any means by which the ruling sect could keep so firm a 
hold over a community scattered about the world. This power is based, ultimately, on terror and fear. Its 
mysteries are kept hidden from the stranger, but by diligent study he may gain some idea of them. 

The weapon of excommunication is a dreaded one, and the fear which it 
[42] inspires rests to some extent on the literal Judaist's belief in the physical efficacy of the curses 
enumerated in Deuteronomy and other books; the Jewish Encyclopaedia testifies to this continuing belief. In this 
matter there is a strong resemblance to the African Native's belief that he will die if he is "tagati'd", and to the 
American Negro's fear of voodooist spells. Casting out of the fold is a much-feared penalty (and in the past 
was often a lethal one), of which examples may be found in the literature of our day. 

Also, for pious (or for that matter superstitious) Judaists the Torah-Talmud is the only Law, and if they 
submit formally to the laws of countries where they dwell, it is with this inner reservation. Under that only- 
Law the priesthood wields all judicial and magisterial powers (and often has had these formally delegated to it 
by governments), and literally the Law includes capital punishment on numerous counts; in practice the 
priesthood in closed-communities of the dispersion has often exacted that penalty. 

The Jerusalem to which a few returned was far from Babylon, in those times, and after their first coup 
(the repulse of the Samaritans' offer of friendship) the Levites apparently found themselves unable, from a 
distance, to restrain the normal impulses of human kind. The Judahites, in their impoverished fragment of 
land, began to settle down and intermarry with their neighbours for all that. They broke no law 
comprehended by them. The books of the Law were still being compiled in Babylon; they knew about 
Solomon's hundreds of wives and Moses's Midianite father-in-law, but did not yet know that Moses had been 
resurrected in order to exterminate all the Midianites save the virgins. Thus they married their neighbours' 
sons and daughters and this natural intermingling continued for about eighty years after the return. 

During that period the Levites in Babylon completed the Law, the impact of which all nations have felt 
ever since. Ezekiel of the High Priest's family was its chief architect and probably all five books of the Law, as 
they have come down, bear his mark. He was the founding- father of intolerance, of racialism and vengeance 
as a religion, and of murder in the name of God. 

The book of Ezekiel is the most significant of all the Old Testament books. It is more significant than 
even Deuteronomy, l^eviticus and Numbers because it seems to be the fountainhead from which the dark ideas of 
those books of the Law first sprang. For instance, the student of the curses enumerated in Deuteronomy is 
bound to suspect that the deity in whose name they were uttered was of diabolic nature, not divine; the name, 
"God", in the sense which has been given to it, cannot be coupled with such menaces. In Ezekiel's book the 
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he had made evil laws in order to inspire misery and fear! This appears in chapter 20 and gives the key to the 
whole mystery of "the Mosaic Law" . 

In this passage Ezekiel appears to be answeringjeremiah's attack on the 
[43] Levites in the matter of sacrificing the firstborn: "And they have built the high places to burn their sons 
and daughters in the fire; which I commanded not, neither came it into my heart". Ezekiel is not much concerned 
about the lot of the sons and daughters but is clearly enraged by the charge that the Lord had not commanded 
the sacrifice of the firstborn, when the scribes had repeatedly ascribed this command to him. His retort is 
concerned only to show that God had so commanded and thus to justify the priesthood; the admission that 
the commandment was evil is casual and nonchalant, as if this were of no importance: 

"I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes and keep my judgments, and do 

them Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me; they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my 

judgments to do them then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against 

them in the wilderness Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good and judgments whereby they should not live; 

And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make 
them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord. " 

The ruling of Christian theologians, that the Old Testament is of "equal divine authority" with the 
New, presumably includes this passage! Ezekiel, in his day, forbade any protest by quickly adding, "And shall 
I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord, I will not be enquired of by you". 

Ezekiel experienced the Fall of Judah and the removal of the sect to Babylon, so that his book is in 
parts an eye-witness account of events. Its other, "prophetic" parts show this founding-father of literal 
Judaism to have been a man of dark, even demoniac obsessions; indeed, parts of the book of Ezekiel 
probably could not be publicly printed as anything but Scripture. 

Early in it he portrays (in words which he also attributes to the Lord God) a siege of Jerusalem in 
which he, Ezekiel, to atone "for the iniquity of the people", is commanded to eat human excrement baked 
before his eyes. At his plea, that he has always scrupulously observed the dietary laws and never taken 
anything abominable in his mouth, this is mitigated to cow's dung. Then he threatens trangressors with 
cannibalism, a curse on which the Levites laid marked stress: 

". . . the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee and the sons shall eat their fathers a third part 

shall fall by the sword and I will scatter a third part unto all the winds famine and evil beasts 

pestilence and blood " 

All this is to be the retribution for non-observance, not for evil deeds. Pages of cursings follow and 
Jehovah promises to use the Gentiles as the rod of chastisement: "Wherefore I will bring the worst of the 
heathen,., and they shall possess your houses". 

Portraying what will happen to those who worship "other gods", Ezekiel in a characteristic vision sees 
"them that have charge over the city" (Jerusalem) "draw near, every man with his destroying weapon in his 
hand," One, with a 

[44] writer's inkhorn by his side, is commanded by the Lord, "go through the midst of Jerusalem and set a 
mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst 
thereof (these are the zealots in "observance"). The foreheads having been marked, Ezekiel quotes the Lord, 
"in my hearing", as saying to the men, "Go ye through the city and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have 
ye pity; slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children and women; but come not near any man 
upon whom is the mark . . . and they went forth and slew in the city". 

After Ezekiel's time men may have thought it wise to be seen sighing and crying in Jerusalem; hence, 
perhaps, the Wailing Wall. Chapter on chapter of menaces follow, always with the alluring proviso that if the 
transgressors turn from their wickedness towards observance, even worse things will then be visited on the 

"I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into 

your own land And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and ye shall be my people, and I 

will be your God Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do 

sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye 
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earth And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken and I will set my glory among 

the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid 
upon them". 

While the school of scribes founded by Ezekiel continued for eighty years, in Babylon, to compile their 
Law, the repatriated Judahites in Jerusalem gradually developed normal relationships with their neighbours. 
They had never known the regime of bigotry and exclusion which was being prepared for them in Babylon. 
Many of the people still prayed to "other gods" for rain, crops, sun and herds, and to Jehovah in tribal feuds. 

Then, in 458 BC, the Levites struck. 

Their Law was ready, which was not by itself of much importance. The Persian King was ready to enforce it 
for them, and that was of the greatest importance, then and up to the present moment. For the first time the 
ruling sect accomplished the wonder which they have since repeatedly achieved: by some means they induced 
a foreign ruler, who was their ostensible master and to all outer appearances a mighty potentate in his own 
right, to put his soldiers and money at their disposal. 

On this day in 458 BC the Judahites in Jerusalem were finally cut off from mankind and enslaved in a 
way they never knew in Babylon. This was the true "start of the affair". The story is told in the books of Ezra 
and Nehemiah, the Levitical emissaries from Babylon who were sent to Jerusalem to enforce Ezekiel's law. 


Ezra of the high priesthood came from Babylon to Jerusalem with some 1 500 followers. He came in 
the name of the Persian King Artaxerxes the Longhanded, with Persian soldiers and Persian gold. He arrived 
just as Dr. Chaim Weizmann arrived in Palestine in 1917, supported by British arms and British gold, and in 
1947, supported by American money and power. Ezra was in legal form a Persian emissary (Dr. Weizmann, a 
Russian-born Jew, was in legal form a British emissary in 1917). 

What means the sect found to bend King Artaxerxes to its will, none can now discover; after King 
Cyrus, he was the second potentate to play a puppet's part and in our century this readiness has become a 
strict qualification for public life. 

Ezra brought the new racial Law with him. He enforced it first among his own travelling companions, 
allowing only those to accompany him who could prove that they were Judahites by descent, or Levites. 
When he reached Jerusalem he was "filled with horror and dismay" (Dr. Kastein) by the prevalence of mixed 
marriages. The Judahites were finding happiness in their fashion; "by tolerating miscegenation with 
neighbouring tribes they had established peaceful relations based on family ties". 

Dr. Kastein (who was equally horrified by this picture many centuries afterwards) has to admit that the 
Judahites by this intermingling "observed their tradition as it was understood at the time" and broke no law 
known to them. Ezra brought Ezekiel's new Law, which once more supplanted the old "tradition". In his 
status as emissary of the Persian king he had the Jerusalemites assembled and told them that all mixed 
marriages were to be dissolved; thenceforth "strangers" and everything foreign were to be rigorously 
excluded. A commission of elders was set up to undo all the wedlocks forged and thus to destroy the 
"peaceful relations based on family ties". 

Dr. Kastein says that "Ezra's measure was undoubtedly reactionary; it raised to the dignity of a law an 
enactment which at that time was not included in the Torah" (which the Levites, in Babylon, were still writing 
down). Dr. Kastein's use of the word "dignity" is of interest in this connection; his book was published, in 
Berlin, in the year, twenty- four centuries later, when Hitler enacted exactly the same kind of law; it was then 
called "infamous" by the Zionists, and the armies of the West, reversing the role of the Persian soldiers of 
458 BC, were mobilized to destroy it! 

The effect of this deed was the natural one, in 458 BC as in 1917 AD: the neighbouring peoples were 
affronted and alarmed by the unheard-of innovation. They saw the threat to themselves and they attacked 
Jerusalem, tearing down the symbols of the inferiority imputed to them: its walls. By that time Ezra, like any 
Twentieth Century Zionist, had evidently returned to his home abroad, for once more the artificial structure 
began to crumble and natural tendencies were resumed: intermarriage began again and led anew to "peaceful 
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After thirteen years, in 445 BC, the elders in Babylon struck again. Nehemiah was another figure, as 
typical of our century as of that time in Babylon. He was of Judahite descent and stood high in the Persian 
king's favour (as Zionist "advisers" today habitually stand at the right hand of British Prime Ministers and 
American Presidents; the parallel could not be much closer). He was cupbearer to Artaxerxes himself. He 
arrived from Babylon in Jerusalem with dictatorial power and enough men and money to re-wall the city (at 
Persian expense; the parallel with today continues), and it thus became the first true ghetto. It was an empty 
one, and when the walls were ready Nehemiah ordered that one in ten of the Judahites be chosen by lot to 
reside in it. 

Race thus became the supreme, though still unwritten tenet of the Law. Jehovah-worshippers who 
could not satisfy Persian officials and the Levite elders of their descent from Judah, Benjamin or Levi were 
rejected "with horror" (Dr. Kastein). Every man had to establish "the undisputed purity of his stock" from 
the registers of births (Hitler's Twentieth Century edict about the Aryan grandmothers was less extreme). 

Then, in 444 BC, Nehemiah had Ezra embody the ban on mixed marriages in the Torah, so that at last 
what had been done became part of the much-amended "Law" (and David and Solomon presumably were 
posthumously cast out of the fold). The heads of clans and families were assembled and required to sign a 
pledge that they and their peoples would keep all the statutes and judgments of the Torah, with special 
emphasis on this new one. 

In Leviticus the necessary insertion was made: "I have severed you from other people that ye should be 
mine". Thenceforth no Judahite might marry outside the clan, under penalty of death; every man who 
married a foreign woman committed a sin against God (Nehemiah, 13.27; this is the law in the Zionist state 
today). "Strangers" were forbidden to enter the city, so that the Judahites "might be purified from everything 

Nehemiah and Ezra were both eye-witnesses. Nehemiah is the ideal, unchallengeable narrator: he was 
there, he was the dictator, his was the deed. He says that when Ezra for the first time read this new Law to 
the Jerusalemites: 

"All the people wept when they heard the words of the Law". 

These twelve words of contemporary journalism bring the scene as clearly before today's reader as if it 
had occurred twenty-four hours, not twenty-four centuries ago. He sees the weeping, ghettoized throng of 
444 BC through the eyes of the man who, with Persian warriors at his side, forced them into their first true 
captivity, the spiritual one which thereafter was to enclose any man who called himself "Jew". 

Nehemiah remained twelve years in Jerusalem and then returned to the Babylonian court. At once the 
artificial structure he had set up in Jerusalem began to disintegrate, so that some years later he descended 
again on the city, where once more mixed marriages had occurred. He "forcibly dissolved" these, 
[47] also setting "the severest penalties" on further transgressions of the kind. Next, "with a view to applying 
rigorously the selective principle, he again carefully studied the register of births" and ejected all, including 
even Aaronite families, in whose descent the slightest flaw could be detected. Last, he "ruthlessly purged" the 
community of all who had failed in "unquestioning and unhesitating allegiance to the established order and 
the law" and made the entire people renew their pledge. 

This is known as "the New Covenant" (as Deuteronomy was the Second Law; these qualifying words are 
the milestones of the supplanting heresy). It had to be signed, at Levite order and under Persian duress, by 
every man in Jerusalem singly, as if it were a business contract. Then Nehemiah finally departed for Babylon, 
his home, having "completed the task of isolation" and "left behind him a community which, agreed as it now 
was on all fundamental questions, was able to fend for itself. He had organized their everyday life for them 
and built up their spiritual foundations". These words are Dr. Kastein's; the reader has seen, also in his words, 
by what means these Jerusalemites were brought to "agree on all fundamental questions". 

By this time about four hundred years had passed since the repudiation of Judah by Israel, and three 
hundred since the Assyrian conquest of Israel. This period of time the Levites had used to complete the 
perversion of the older tradition, to put their racio-religious Law in writing, and at last to clamp it, like 
shackles, on the Judahites in the little Persian province of Judea. They had succeeded in setting up their 
fantastic, tribal creed and in establishing their little theocracy. They had started the catalytic agent on its 
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For more than a hundred generations, since that day when the New Covenant was enforced by Persian 
arms, and the people who had wept were compelled to sign it anew, a mass of human beings, changing in 
blood but closely or loosely held in the bonds of this Law, have carried its burden and inheritance, in spiritual 
isolation from the rest of mankind. The singular paradox remains: though their enchainment was devised by 
the Levites the chains were Persian. On that day as ever since, though the fanatical sect has dictated their 
continuing captivity, foreign arms and foreign money have kept them in it. 

Where does responsibility lie between those who incite to a deed and those who commit it? If the 
answer is that the greater and final responsibility lies with the perpetrator, then the verdict of history is 
incontestably, though strangely, that responsibility for the heresy of Judaism lies with the Gentiles, who from 
the time of the Persian kings to this century have done the bidding of the sect that devised it. 

It was a heresy: On the day when King Artaxerxes's soldiers forced the Jerusalemites to sign Ezekiel's 
New Covenant, the perversion of the earlier Israelite tradition was made complete and the affirmation of God was 

[48] by the denial of God. 

No resemblance remained between the God of the moral commandments and Ezekiel's malevolent 
deity who boasted that he commanded men to kill their firstborn in order to keep them in awe of himself! 
This was not revealed God, but a man-made deity, the incarnation of primitive tribalism. What those ancient 
people signed under duress, in the New Covenant, was either the formal denial of God or the formal claim 
that God was Judah, and this in fact is the claim expressly made in many Zionist utterances of our time, so 
that the heresy is openly avowed: 

"God is absorbed in the nationalism of Israel. He becomes the national ethos . . . He creates the world 
in the Hebrew language. He is the National God" (Rabbi Solomon Goldman). 

"We and God grew up together. . . We have a national God. . . We believe that God is a Jew, that there 
is no English or American God" (Mr. Maurice Samuel). 

"It was not God who willed these people and their meaning. It was this people who willed this God 
and this meaning" (Dr. Kastein). 

These statements are explicit, and such phrases are easy to pen in this century, in New York or 
Chicago, London or Berlin. But at the start of this affair, as Nehemiah recorded: 

"All the people wept when they heard the words of the Law" and since that day it has given very many 
cause to weep. 

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Chapter 7 


The most important event (as it proved) of the next four hundred years was the first translation of the 
Judaic scriptures (later to become known as the Old Testament) into a foreign tongue, Greek. This enabled, 
and still enables, "the heathen" to become partially acquainted with the Law that ordained their own 
enslavement and destruction and the supremacy of Judah. Save for this translation the nature of literal 
Judaism must have remained a matter of surmise, whereas the translation made it appear to be one of 
evidence and proof. 

For that reason it is at first sight surprising that the translation was ever made (as tradition says, by 
seventy-two Jewish scholars at Alexandria between 275 and 150 BC.) Dr. Kastein explains that it was 
undertaken "with a definite object in view, that of making it comprehensible to the Greeks; this led to the 

distortion and twisting of words, changes of meaning and the frequent substitution of general terms and ideas for those that were 
purely local and national". 

Dr. Kastein's words in this instance are carelessly chosen if they were intended to disguise what 
occurred: a matter is not made "comprehensible" to others by distorting and twisting it, changing its meaning, 
and substituting ambiguous terms for precise ones. Moreover, so learned a Judaic scholar must have known 
what the Jewish Encyclopaedia records, that the later Talmud even "prohibited the teaching to a Gentile of the 
Torah, anyone so teaching 'deserving death'." Indeed, the Talmud saw such danger in the acquirement by the 
heathen of knowledge of the Law that it set up the oral Torah as the last repository of Jehovah's secrets, safe 
from any Gentile eye. 

If the Judaic scriptures were translated into Greek, then, this was not for the benefit of the Greeks (Dr. 
Kastein wrote for a largely Gentile audience). The reason, almost certainly, was that the Jews themselves 
needed the translation. The Judahites had lost their Hebrew tongue in Babylon (thereafter it became a priestly 
mystery, "one of the secret spiritual bonds which held the Judaists of the Diaspora together", as Dr. Kastein 
says), and spoke Aramaic. However, the largest single body of Jews was in Alexandria, where Greek became 
their everyday language; many of them could no longer understand Hebrew and a Greek version of their Law 
was needed as a basis for the rabbinical interpretations of it. 

Above all, the elders could not foresee that centuries later a new religion would arise in the world 
which would take over their scriptures as part of its own Bible, and thus bring "the Mosaic Law" before the 
eyes of all mankind. Had that been anticipated, the Greek translation might never have been made. 

Nevertheless, the translators were evidently reminded by the priests that their work would bring "the 
Law", for the first time, under Gentile scrutiny; hence the distortions, twistings, changes and substitutions 
mentioned by Dr. Kastein. An instance of these is apparently given by Deuteronomy 32.21; the translation 

[50] has come down to the heathen alludes vaguely to "a foolish nation", whereas the reference in the 
Hebrew original, according to the Jewish Encyclopaedia, is to "vile and vicious Gentiles". 

What was translated? First, the five books of the Law, the Torah. After the "New Covenant" had been 
forcibly imposed on the Jerusalemites by Ezra and Nehemiah, the priesthood in Babylon had given the Torah 
yet another revision: "once again anonymous editors lent their past history, their traditions, laws and customs a meaning 
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then received was the final and conclusive form which was not to be altered by one iota; no single thought, 
word or letter of it was to be changed." 

When mortal men repeatedly "lend meaning" to something supposed already to be immutable, and 
force all spiritual tradition into the framework of their worldly political ambition, what remains cannot be an 
original revelation of God. What had happened was that the earlier, Israelite tradition had been expunged or 
cancelled, and in its place the Judaic racial law had assumed "final and conclusive form". 

The same method was followed in the compilation of the other books, historical, prophetic or lyrical. 
The book of Daniel, for instance, was completed at about this time, that is to say, some four hundred years 
after the events related in it; small wonder that the anonymous author got all his historical facts wrong. Dr. 
Kastein is candid about the manner in which these books were produced: 

"The editors who put the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings into their final form gathered every 
fragment" (of the old teachings and traditions) and "creatively interpreted them ... It was impossible always 
definitely to assign particular words to particular persons, for they had so frequently worked anonymously, and, 
as the editors were more concerned with the subject matter than with philological exactitude, they were content with 
stringing the sayings of the prophets together as best they could". (This method might account for the 
attribution of the identical "Messianic" prophecy to two prophets, Isaiah 2, 2-4, and Micah 4, 1-4, and for the 
numerous repetitions to be found in other books). 

The subject matter, then, was the important thing, not historical truth, or "philological exactitude", or the 
word of God. The subject matter was political nationalism in the most extreme form ever known to man, and 
conformity with this dogma was the only rule that had to be observed. The way in which these books were 
compiled, after Judah was cast off by Israel, and the reasons, are clear to any who study their origin. 

The resultant product, the growth of five or six hundred years and the work of generations of political 
priests, was the book which was translated into Greek around 150 BC. After the lifetime of Jesus it, and the 
New Testament, was translated into Latin by Saint Jerome, when both "came to be regarded by the Church as 
of equal divine authority and as sections of one book" (from a typical 

[51] modern encyclopaedia), a theological dictum which was formally confirmed by the Council of Trent in 
the sixteenth century of our era and has been adopted by nearly all Protestant churches, although in this 
matter they might have found valid reason to protest. 

In view of the changes which were made, at the translation, (see Dr. Kastein's words, above), none but 
Judaist scholars could tell today how closely the Old Testament in the Hebrew-Aramaic original compares 
with the version which has come down, from the first translation into Greek, as one of the two sections of 
Christendom's Bible. Clearly substantial changes were made, and quite apart from that there is the "oral 
Torah", and the Talmudic continuation of the Torah, so that the Gentile world has never known the whole 
truth of the Judaic Law. 

Nevertheless, the essence of it is all in the Old Testament as it has come down to Christendom, and 
that is a surprising thing. Whatever may have been expunged or modified, the vengeful, tribal deity, the 
savage creed and the law of destruction and enslavement remain plain for all to ponder. The fact is that no 
amount of twisting, distortion, changing or other subterfuge could conceal the nature of the Judaic Law, once 
it was translated; although glosses were made, the writing beneath remains clear, and this is the best evidence 
that, when the first translation was authorized, the universal audience it would ultimately reach was not 

With that translation the Old Testament, as we now call and know it, entered the West, its teaching of 
racial hatred and destruction only a little muted by the emendations. That was before the story of the West 
even had truly begun. 

By the time the West, and Christianity, were nineteen and a half centuries old, the political leaders 
there, being much in awe of the central sect of Judaism, had begun to speak with pious awe of the Old 
Testament, as if it were the better half of the Book by which they professed to live. Nevertheless it was, as it 
always had been, the Law of their peoples' destruction and enslavement, and all their deeds, under the servitude 
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Chapter 8 


While the Judaic scriptures, thus compiled, were on their way, thus translated, from the Alexandrine 
Jews to the Greeks and thereafter to the other heathen, Persian, Greek and Roman overlords followed each 
other in litde Judea. 

These chaotic centuries brought in their course the second significant event of the period: the enforced 
conversion of the Idumeans to Jehovaism ("Judaism" is a word apparently first used by the Judean historian 
Josephus to denote the culture and way of life of Judea, as "Hellenism" described those of Greece, and 
originally had no religious connotation. For want of a better word it will now be used in this book to identify 
the racial religion set up by the Levites on their perversion of the "Mosaic Law".) 

Only one other mass-conversion to Judaism is known to recorded history, and that one, which came 
about eight or nine centuries later, was of immediate importance to our present generation, as will be shown. 
Individual conversion, on the other hand, was at this period frequent, and apparently was encouraged even by 
the rabbis, for Jesus himself, according to Saint Matthew, told the scribes and pharisees, rebukingly, that they 
"compass sea and land to make one proselyte" . 

Thus, for some reason, the racial ban introduced by the Second Law and the New Covenant was not, 
at this time, being enforced. Presumably the explanation is the numerical one; if the racial law had been 
strictly enforced the small tribe of Judah would have died out and the priesthood, with its creed, would have 
been left like generals with a plan of battle, but no army. 

Evidently there was much intermingling, for whatever reason. The Jewish Encyclopaedia says that "early 
and late Judah derived strength from the absorption of outsiders" and other authorities agree, so that 
anything like a purebred tribe of Judah must have disappeared some centuries before Christ, at the latest. 

Nevertheless, the racial Law remained in full vigour, not weakened by these exceptions, so that in the 
Christian era proselytizing virtually ceased and the Judaists of the world, although obviously they were not 
descended from Judah, became again a community separated from mankind by a rigid racial ban. Racial 
exclusion remained, or again became, the supreme tenet of formal Zionism, and the Talmudic ruling was that 
"proselytes are as injurious to Judaism as ulcers to a sound body". 

Fervent Zionists still beat their heads on a wall of lamentation when they consider the case of the 
Idumeans, which, they hold, proves the dictum just quoted. The problem of what to do with them apparently 
arose out of the priests' own sleight-of-hand feats with history and The Law. In the first historical book, 
Genesis, the Idumeans are shown as the tribe descended from Esau ("Esau the father of the Edomites"), who 
was own brother to Jacob-called-Israel. This 

[53] kinsmanship between Judah and Edom was apparently the original tradition, so that the Idumeans' 
special status was still recognized when Deuteronomy was produced in 621 BC, the Lord then "saying unto 

"And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the 
children of Edom. . . Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot 
breadth. . . And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau . . ." 

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When Numbers came to be written, say two hundred years later, this situation had changed. By then 
Ezra and Nehemiah, escorted by Persian soldiery, had enforced their racial law on the Judahites, and the 
Idumeans, like other neighbouring peoples, became hostile (for exactly the same reasons that cause Arab 
hostility today). 

They learned, from Numbers, that, far from being "not meddled" with, they were now marked down for 
"utter destruction". Thus in Numbers Moses and his followers no longer "pass by our brethren the children of 
Esau"; they demand to pass through the Idumean land. The King of Idumea refuses permission, whereon 
Moses takes another route and the Lord promises him that "Edom shall be a possession" . 

From other passages in The Law the Idumeans were able to learn the fate of cities so taken in 
possession; in them, nothing was to be left alive that breathed. (The scribes dealt similarly with the Moabites; 
in Deuteronomy Moses is commanded "Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle; for I 
will not give thee of their land for a possession"; in Numbers, the divine command is that the Moabites be 

From about 400 BC on, therefore, the Judeans were distrusted and feared by neighbouring tribes, 
including the Idumeans. They were proved right in this, for during the brief revival of Judah under the 
Hasmoneans, John Hyreanus, who was king and high priest in Judea, fell on them and at the swordpoint 
forced them to submit to circumcision and the Mosaic Law. Of the two versions of The Law ("not to 
meddle" and "take possession") he obeyed the second, which might have been a satisfactory solution if the 
matter had ended there, for any good rabbi could have told him that either, neither or both of these decrees 
was right ("If the Rabbis call left right and right left, you must believe it": Dr. William Rubens). 

But the matter did not end there. A law set up in this way throws up a new problem for each one that 
is solved. Having "taken possession", was John Hyreanus to "utterly destroy" and "save nothing alive that 
breatheth" of "our brethren, the children of Esau"? He disobeyed that law, and contented himself with the 
forcible conversion. But by so doing he made himself a capital transgressor, like Saul, the first king of the 
united kingdom of Israel and Judah, long before. For this very thing, stopping short of utter destruction (by 
sparing King Agag and some beasts), Saul had been repudiated, dethroned and 
[54] destroyed (according to the Levitical version of history). 

John Hyreanus had to deal with two political parties. Of these, the more moderate Sadducees, who 
supported the monarchy, presumably tendered the counsel to spare the Idumeans, and merely by force to 
make them Jews. The other party was that of the Pharisees, who represented the old despotic priesthood of 
the Levites and wished to restore it in full sovereignty. 

Presumably these fanatical Pharisees, as heirs of the Levites, would have had him exact the full rigour 
of the Law and "utterly destroy" the Idumeans. They continued fiercely to oppose him (as Samuel opposed 
Saul) and to work for the overthrow of the monarchy. What is of particular interest today, they later claimed 
that from his clemency towards the Idumeans the entire ensuing catastrophe of Judea came! They saw in the 
second destruction of the temple and the extinction of Judea in AD 70 the prescribed penalty for John 
Hyrcanus's failure in observance; like Saul, he had "transgressed". 

The Pharisees had to wait about 150 years for the proof of this argument, if proof it was to any but 
themselves. Out of the converted Idumeans came one Antipater who rose to high favour in the little court at 
Jerusalem (as the legendary Daniel had risen at the much greater courts of Babylon and Persia). The Pharisees 
themselves appealed to the Roman truimvir, Pompey, to intervene in Judea and restore the old priesthood, 
while abolishing the little monarchy. Their plan went agley; though the Hasmonean dynasty was in fact 
exterminated in the chaotic decades of little wars and insurrections that followed, Antipater the Idumean rose 
until Caesar made him procurator of Judea, and his son, Herod, was by Antony made king of Judea! 

In the sequel, utter confusion reigned in the little province so that even the shadow of independence 
vanished and Rome, left no other choice, began directly to rule the land. 

For this denouement the Pharisees, as the authors of Roman intervention, were apparently to blame. 
They laid the fault on "the half caste" and "Idumean slave", Herod. Had John Hyreanus but "observed the 
Law" and "utterly destroyed" the Idumeans, 1 50 years before, all this would not have come about, they said. 
It is illuminating to see with what bitter anger Dr. Josef Kastein, two thousand years later, took up this 
reproach, as if it were an event of the day before. A Twentieth Century Zionist, who wrote in the time of 
Hitler's advent to power in Germany, he was convinced that this offence against the racial law had brought 
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However, the calamity of Judea was also the victory of the Pharisees, as will be seen, and this is typical 
of the paradoxes in which the story of Zion abounds from its start. 

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These Pharisees, who formed the most numerous political party in the little Roman province of Judea, 
contained the dominant inner sect, earlier represented by the Levite priesthood. They made themselves the 
carriers of the Levitical idea in its most fanatical form, as it had found expression in Ezekiel, Ezra and 
Nehemiah; they were sworn to "the strict observance of Levitical purity", says the Jewish Encyclopaedia, 

As the Levites had triumphed over the Israelite remonstrants, and had succeeded in severing Judah 
from its neighbours, so did the Pharisees, their successors, stand ready to crush any attempt to reintegrate the 
Judeans in mankind. They were the guardians of the destructive idea, and the next chapter in the story of 
Zion was to be that of their victory; as in the case of the Levites, the background to it was to be that of 
Jerusalem destroyed. 

Among the priests themselves, the passing generations had produced something of a revolt against the 
process of constant amendment of The Law, begun by the scribes of the school of Ezekiel and Ezra. These 
priests held that The Law was now immutable and must not be further "reinterpreted". 

To this challenge (which strikes at the very root of Judaist nationalism) the Pharisees in deadly enmity 
opposed their reply: that they were the keepers of "the traditions" and o that oral Law, directly imparted by 
God to Moses, which must never be put in writing but which governed all the rest of The Law. This claim to 
possess the secrets of God (or, in truth, to be God) is at the heart of the mystic awe in which so many 
generations of Jews hold "the elders"; it has a power to affright which even enlightened beings on the far 
fringes of Jewry cannot quite escape. 

Nevertheless, the instinctive impulse to break free from this thrall has at all times thrown up a 
moderate party in Judaism, and at this period it was that of the Sadducees, which represented the bulk of the 
priesthood and stood for "keeping the peace of the city" and avoiding violent conflict with the Roman 
overlords. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were bitter foes. This internal dissension among Jews has 
continued for twenty-five hundred years into our time. 

It is chiefly of academic interest to the rest of mankind (though it has to be recorded) because history 
shows that whenever the dispute for and against "seeking the peace of the city" has reached a climax, the 
party of segregation and destruction has always prevailed, and the Judaist ranks have closed behind it. The 
present century has given the latest example to this. At its start the established Jewish communities of 
Germany, England and America (who may be compared with the Sadducees) were implacably hostile to the 
Zionists from Russia (the Pharisees), but within fifty years the extreme party had made itself the exclusive 
spokesman of "the Jews" with the Western governments, and had succeeded in beating down nearly all 
opposition among the Jewish communities of the world. 


The Pharisees occupy the second place in the pedigree of the sect which has brought about such large 
events in our time. The line of descent is from the Levites in Babylon, through the Pharisees in Jerusalem, 
through the Talmudists of Spain and the rabbis of Russia, to the Zionists of today. 

The name "Pharisee", according to the Judaist authorities, means "one who separates himself, or 
keeps away from persons or things impure in order to attain the degree of holiness and righteousness 
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own, admitting to their inmost councils only those who, in the presence of three members, pledged 
themselves to the strict observance of Levitical purity. They were the earliest specialists in secret conspiracy, 
as a political science. 

The experience and knowledge gained by the Pharisees may be plainly traced in the methods used by 
the conspiratorial parties which have emerged in Europe during the last two centuries, and particularly in 
those of the destructive revolution in Europe, which has been Jewish-organized and Jewish-led. 

For instance, the Pharisees originally devised the basic method, resting on mutual fear and suspicion, 
by which in our day conspirators are held together and conspiratorial bodies made strong. This is the system 
of spies-on- spies and informers-among-informers on which the Communist Party is built (and its Red Army; 
the official regulations of which show the "political commissar" and "informer" to be a recognized part of the 
military structure, from the high-command level to the platoon one). 

The Pharisees first employed this device, basing it on a passage in Leviticus: "Ye shall place a guard 
around my guard" (quoted by the Jewish Encyclopaedia from the Hebrew original, in use among Jews). The 
nature of the revolutionary machine which was set up in Europe in the Nineteenth Century cannot be 
understood at all unless the Talmudic knowledge and training be taken into account, which most of its 
organizers and leaders inherited; and the Pharisees were the first Talmudists. They claimed divine authority 
for any decision of their Scribes, even in case of error, and this is a ruling concept of the Talmud. 

Under the domination of the Pharisees the Messianic idea first emerged, which was to have great 
consequences through the centuries. It was unknown to the earlier Israelite prophets; they never admitted the 
notion of an exclusive, master-race, and therefore they could not be aware of the later, consequential concept 
of a visitant who would come in person to set up the supreme kingdom of this exclusive master-race on 

The nature of this Messianic event is clear, in the Judaist authorities. The Jewish Encyclopaedia says the 
Pharisees' conception of it was that "God's kingship shall be universally recognised in the future. . . God's 
kingship excluded any other". As Jehovah, according to the earlier Torah, "knew" only the Jews, this meant 
that the world would belong to the Jews. The later Talmud confirmed this, if any doubt remained, by ruling 
that "the non-Jews are as such precluded 

[57] from admission to a future world" (the former Rabbi Laible). 

The mass of the Judeans undoubtedly expected that "the Anointed one", when he came, would restore 
their national glory; in the perfect theocratic state he would be their spiritual leader, but also their temporal 
one who would reunite the scattered people in a supreme kingdom of this world. The Messianic idea, as it 
took shape under the Pharisees, was not an expectation of any kingdom of heaven unrelated to material 
triumph on earth, or at any rate it was not this among the mass of the people. 

The Messianic expectation, indeed, must in a sense have been the logical and natural result of the sect's 
own teaching. The Pharisees, like the Levites whose message they carried on, claimed to know all things, 
from the date of the world's creation, and its purpose, to the manner of the special people's triumph. 

Only one thing they never stated: the moment of that glorious consummation. The burden of 
observance which they laid on the people was harsh, however, and it was but natural that, like prison inmates 
serving a term, the people should clamour to know when they would be free. 

That seems to be the origin of Messianism. The people who once had "wept" to hear the words of the 
New Law, now had borne its rigour for four hundred years. Spontaneously the question burst from them: 
When? When would the glorious consummation come, the miraculous end? They were "doing all the statutes 
and judgments", and the performance of them meant a heavy daily task and burden. They were doing all this 
under "a covenant", which promised a specific reward. When would this reward be theirs? Their rulers were 
in direct communion with God, and knew God's mysteries; they must be able to answer this question, When? 

This was the one question which the Pharisees could not answer. They seem to have given the most 
ingenious answer they could devise: though they would not say when, they would say that one day "the 
Messiah the Prince" would appear (Daniel), and then there would be given to him "dominion, and glory, and a 
kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him". 

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Thus the compressed, ghettoized Judean spirit was anaesthetized with the promise of a visitant; 
Messianism appeared and produced the recurrent outbreaks of frenzied anticipation, the latest of which our 
Twentieth Century is experiencing. 

Such was the setting of the scene when, nearly two thousand years ago, the man from Galilee 
appeared. At that time those Judeans who remained in Judea had spent the six hundred years since their 
casting-off by Israel in what Dr. John Goldstein, in our day, calls "Jewish darkness", and at the end of this 
period had come to wait and hope for the liberating Messiah. 

The visitant who then appeared claimed to point them the way to "the kingdom of heaven". He was 
the very opposite road from that, leading over ruined nations to a temple filled with gold, towards which the 
Pharisees beckoned them, 
[58] crying "Observe!" 

The Pharisees were strong and the foreign "governor" quailed before their menaces (the picture was 
very much like that of our day) and those of the people who saw in the newcomer the Messiah they awaited, 
despite his contempt for worldly rewards, put themselves in danger of death by saying so. They were 
"transgressing", and the Roman ruler, like the Persian king five hundred years earlier, was ready to enforce 
"the Law". 

Evidently many of these people were only too ready to listen, if they were allowed, to any who could 
show them the way out of their darkness into the light and the community of mankind. However, victory lay 
with the Pharisees (as with the Levites of yore), so that, once more, many of these people had cause to weep, 
and the catalytic force was preserved intact. 

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When Jesus was born the vibrant expectation that a marvellous being was about to appear was general 
among the Judeans. They longed for such proof that Jehovah intended to keep the Covenant with his chosen 
people, and the scribes, reacting to the pressure of this popular longing, gradually had introduced into the 
scriptures the idea of the anointed one, the Messiah, who would come to fulfil his bargain. 

The Targams, the rabbinical commentaries on the Law, said: "How beautiful he is, the Messiah king 
who shall arise from the house of Judah. He will gird up his loins and advance to do battle with his enemies 

and many kings shall be slain". 

This passage shows what the Judeans had been led to expect. They awaited a militant, avenging 
Messiah (in the tradition of "all the firstborn of Egypt" and the destruction of Babylon) who would break 
Judah's enemies "with a rod of iron" and "dash them in pieces like a potter's vase"; who would bring them 
empire of this world and the literal fulfilment of the tribal Law; for this was what generations of Pharisees 
and Levites had foretold. 

The idea of a lowly Messiah who would say "love your enemies" and be "despised and rejected of men, 
a man of sorrows" was not present in the public mind at all and would have been "despised and rejected", 
had any called attention to these words of Isaiah (which only gained significance after Jesus had lived and 

Yet the being who appeared, though he was lowly and taught love, apparently claimed to be this 
Messiah and was by many so acclaimed! 

In few words he swept aside the entire mass of racial politics, which the ruling sect had heaped on the 
earlier, moral law, and like an excavator revealed again what had been buried. The Pharisees at once 
recognized a most dangerous "prophet and dreamer of dreams". 

The fact that he found so large a following among the Judeans shows that, even if the mass of the 
people wanted a militant, nationalist Messiah who would liberate them from the Romans, many among them 
must subconsciously have realised that their true captivity was of the spirit and of the Pharisees, more than of 
the Romans. Nevertheless, the mass responded mechanically to the Pharisaic politicians' charge that the man 
was a blasphemer and bogus Messiah. 

By this response they bequeathed to all future generations of Jews a tormenting doubt, no less insistent 
because it must not be uttered (for the name Jesus may not even be mentioned in a pious Jewish home): Did 
the Messiah appear, only to be rejected by the Jews, and if so, what is their future, under The Law? 

What manner of man was this? Another paradox in the story of Zion is that in our generation 
Christian divines and theologians often insist that "Jesus was a Jew", whereas the Judaist elders refuse to 
allow this (those Zionist rabbis who occasionally tell political or "interfaith" audiences that Jesus was a Jew 
are not 

[60] true exceptions to this rule; they would not make the statement among Jews and seek to produce an 
effect among their non-Jewish listeners, for political reasons). * 

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This public assertion, "Jesus was a Jew", is always used in our century for political purposes. It is often 
employed to quell objections to the Zionist influence in international politics or to the Zionist invasion of 
Palestine, the suggestion being that, as Jesus was a Jew, none ought to object to anything purporting to be 
done in the name of Jews. The irrelevance is obvious, but mobs are moved by such phrases, and the 
paradoxical result, once again, is that a statement, most offensive to literal Jews, is most frequently made by 
non-Jewish politicians and ecclesiastics who seek Jewish favour. 

The English abbreviation, "Jew", is recent and does not correspond to anything denoted by the 
Aramaic, Greek or Roman terms for "Judahite" or "Judean", which were in use during the lifetime of Jesus. 
In fact, the English noun "Jew" cannot be defined (so that dictionaries, which are scrupulously careful about 
all other words, are reduced to such obvious absurdities as "A person of Hebrew race"); and the Zionist state 
has no legal definition of the term (which is natural, because the Torah, which is the Law, exacts pure Judahite 
descent, and a person of this lineage is hardly to be found in the entire world). 

If the statement, "Jesus was a Jew", has meaning therefore, it must apply to the conditions prevailing in 
his time. In that case it would mean one of three things, or all of them: that Jesus was of the tribe of Judah 
(therefore Judahite); that he was of Judean domicile (and therefore Judean); that he was religiously "a Jew", if 
any religion denoted by that term existed in his time. 

Race, residence, religion, then. 

This book is not the place to argue the question of Jesus's racial descent, and the surprising thing is 
that Christian divines allow themselves some of the statements which they make. The reader should form his 
own opinion, if he desires to have one in this question. 

The genealogy of Mary is not given in the New Testament, but three passages might imply that she 
was of Davidic descent; St. Matthew and St. Luke trace the descent of Joseph from David and Judah, but 
Joseph was not the blood father of Jesus. The Judaist authorities discredit all these references to descent, 
holding that they were inserted to bring the narrative into line with prophecy. 

As to residence, St. John states that Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea through the chance that his 
mother had to go there from Galilee to register; the 

* Rabbi Stephen Wise, the leading Zionist organizer in the United States during the 1910-1950 period, 
used this phrase for the obvious political motive, of confusing non-Jewish hearers. Speaking to such an 
"inter-faith" meeting at the Carnegie Hall at Christmastide 1925, he stated "Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian" 
(Christianity was born with the death of Jesus). 

For this he was excommunicated by the Orthodox Rabbis Society of the United States, but a 
Christian Ministers Association "hailed me as a brother". Rabbi Wise adds the characteristic comment: "I 
know not which was more hurtful, the acceptance of me as a brother and welcoming me into the Christian 
fold, or the violent diatribe of the rabbis". 


Judaist authorities, again, hold that this was inserted to make the account agree with Micah's prophecy 
that "a ruler" would "come out of Bethlehem". 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia insists that Nazareth was Jesus's native town, and indeed, general agreement 
exists that he was a Galilean, whatever the chance of his actual birthplace. Galilee, where nearly all his life was 
spent, was politically entirely separate from Judea, under its own Roman tetrarch, and stood to Judea in the 
relationship of "a foreign country" (Graetz). Marriage between a Judean and a Galilean was fobidden and 
even before Jesus's birth all Judeans living in Galilee had been forced by Simon Tharsi, one of the Maccabean 
princes, to migrate to Judah. 

Thus, the Galileans were racially and politically distinct from the Judeans. 

Was this Galilean, religiously, what might today be called "a Jew"? The Judaist authorities, of course, 
deny that most strenuously of all; the statement, often heard from the platform and pulpit, might cause a riot 
in the synagogue. 

It is difficult to see what responsible public men can mean when they use the phrase. There was in the 
time of Jesus no "Jewish" (or even Judahite or Judaist or Judean) religion. There was Jehovahism, and there 
were the various sects, Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes, which disputed violently between themselves and 
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and the most powerful of them were the Pharisees with their "oral traditions" of what God had said to 

If today the Zionists are "the Jews" (and this is the claim accepted by all great Western nations), then 
the party which in Judea in the time of Jesus corresponded to the Zionists was that of the Pharisees. Jesus 
brought the whole weight of his attack to bear on these Pharisees. He also rebuked the Sadducees and the 
scribes, but the Gospels show that he held the Pharisees to be the foe of God and man and that he used an 
especial scarifying scorn towards them. The things which he singled out for attack, in them and in their creed, 
are the very things which today's Zionists claim to be the identifying features of Jews, Jewishness and 

Religiously, Jesus seems beyond doubt to have been the opposite and adversary of all that which would 
make a literal Jew today or would have made a literal Pharisee then. 

None can say with certainty who or what he was, and these suggestive statements by non-Jewish 
politicians ring as false as the derisive and mocking lampoons about "the bastard" which circulated in the 
Jewish ghettoes. 

What he did and said is of such transcendental importance that nothing else counts. On a much lesser 
scale Shakespeare's case is somewhat comparable. The quality of inspiration in his works is clear, so that it is 
of little account whether he wrote them, or who wrote them if he did not, yet the vain argument goes on. 

The carpenter's son from Galilee evidently had no formal schooling: "The Jews marvelled, saying, 
How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?" 


What is much more significant, he had known no rabbinical schools or priestly training. His enemies, 
the Pharisees, testify to that; had he been of their clan or kind they would not have asked, "Whence hath this 
man this wisdom, and these mighty works". 

What gives the teaching of this unlettered young man its effect of blinding revelation, the quality of 
light first discovered, is the black background, of the Levitical Law and the Pharisaic tradition, against which 
he moved when he went to Judea. Even today the sudden fullness of enlightenment, in the Sermon on the 
Mount, dazzles the student who has emerged from a critical perusal of the Old Testament; it is as if high 
noon came at midnight. 

The Law, when Jesus came to "fulfil" it, had grown into a huge mass of legislation, stifling and lethal in 
its immense complexity. The Torah was but the start; heaped on it were all the interpretations and 
commentaries and rabbinical rulings; the elders, like pious silkworms, span the thread ever further in the 
effort to catch up in it every conceivable act of man; generations of lawyers had laboured to reach the 
conclusion that an egg must not be eaten on the Sabbath day if the greater part of it had been laid before a 
second star was visible in the sky. 

Already the Law and all the commentaries needed a library to themselves, and a committee of 
international jurists, called to give an opinion on it, would have required years to sift the accumulated layers. 

The unschooled youth from Galilee reached out a finger and thrust aside the entire mass, revealing at 
once the truth and the heresy. He reduced "all the Law and the Prophets" to the two commandments, Love 
God with all thy heart and thy neighbour as thyself. 

This was the exposure and condemnation of the basic heresy which the Levites and Pharisees, in the 
course of centuries, had woven into the Law. 

Leviticus contained the injunction, "Love thy neighbour as thyself, but it was governed by the 
limitation of "neighbour" to fellow-Judeans. Jesus now reinstated the forgotten, earlier tradition, of 
neighbourly love irrespective of race or creed; this was clearly what he meant by the words, "I am not come 
to destroy the law, but to fulfil". He made his meaning plain when he added, "Ye have heard that it hath been 
said . . . hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemy". (The artful objection is sometimes made 
that the specific commandment, "Hate thine enemy", nowhere appears in the Old Testament. Jesus's 
meaning was clear; the innumerable injunctions to the murder and massacre of neighbours who were not 
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This was a direct challenge to The Law as the Pharisees represented it, and Jesus carried the challenge 
further by deliberately refusing to play the part of the nationalist liberator and conqueror of territory for 
which the prophecies had cast the Messiah. Probably he could have had a much larger following, and possibly 
[63] the support of the Pharisees, if he had accepted that role. 

His rebuke, again, was terse and clear: "My kingdom is not of this world . . . The kingdom of Heaven is 
within you . . . Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth. . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal". 

Everything he said, in such simple words as these, was a quiet, but direct challenge to the most 
powerful men of his time and place, and a blow at the foundations of the creed which the sect had built up in 
the course of centuries. 

What the entire Old Testament taught in hundreds of pages, the Sermon on the Mount confuted in a 
few words. It opposed love to hatred, mercy to vengeance, charity to malice, neighbourliness to segregation, 
justice to discrimination, affirmation (or reaffirmation) to denial, and life to death. It began (like the 
"blessings-or-cursings" chapters of Deuteronomy) with blessings, but there the resemblance ended. 

Deuteronomy offered material blessings, in the form of territory, loot and slaughter, in return for strict 
performance of thousands of "statutes and judgments", some of them enjoining murder. The Sermon on the 
Mount offered no material rewards, but simply taught that moral behaviour, humility, the effort to do right, 
mercy, purity, peaceableness and fortitude would be blessed for their own sake and receive spiritual reward. 

Deuteronomy followed its "blessings" with "cursings". The Sermon on the Mount made no threats; it did 
not require that the transgressor be "stoned to death" or "hanged on a tree", or offer absolution for non- 
observance at the price of washing the hands in the blood of a heifer. The worst that was to befall the sinner 
was that he was to be "the least in the kingdom of heaven"; and most that the obedient might expect was to 
be "called great in the kingdom of heaven". 

The young Galilean never taught subservience, only an inner humility, and in one direction he was 
consistently and constantly scornful: in his attack on the Pharisees. 

The name, Pharisees, denoted that they "kept away from persons or things impure". The Jewish 
Encyclopaedia says, "Only in regard to intercourse with the unclean and the unwashed multitude did Jesus 
differ widely from the Pharisees". Echo may answer, "Only!" This was of course the great cleavage, between 
the idea of the tribal deity and the idea of the universal god; between the creed of hatred and the teaching of 
love. The challenge was clear and the Pharisees accepted it at once. They began to bait their traps, in the very 
manner described by Jeremiah long before: "All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he 
will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him". 

The Pharisees watched him and asked, "Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners" (a penal 
offence under their Law). He was equally their master in debate and in eluding their baited traps, and 
answered, swiftly but 

[64] quietly, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick . . , I am not come to call the 
righteous, but sinners to repentance". 

They followed him further and saw his disciples plucking ears of corn to eat on the Sabbath (another 
offence under the Law), "Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day". They 
pursued him with such interrogations, always related to the rite, and never to faith or behaviour; "why do thy 
disciples transgress the tradition of the elders, for they wash not their hands when they eat bread?". "Ye 
hypocrites, well did Esaias prophecy of you, saying, this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth and 
honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for 
doctrines the commandments of men" , 

This was the lie direct: The Law, he charged, was not God's law, but the law of the Levites and 
Pharisees: "the commandments of men"! 

From this moment there could be no compromise, for Jesus turned away from the Pharisees and 
"called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth 
defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man". 

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With these words Jesus cast public scorn on one of the most jealously- guarded of the priestly 
prerogatives, involving the great mass of dietary laws with the whole ritual of slaughter, draining of blood, 
rejection of "that which dieth of itself, and so on. All this was undoubtedly a "commandment of man", 
although attributed to Moses, and strict observance of this dietary ritual was held to be of the highest 
importance by the Pharisees, Ezekiel (the reader will recall) on being commanded by the Lord to eat 
excrement "to atone for the iniquities of the people", had pleaded his unfailing observance of the dietary laws 
and had had his ordeal somewhat mitigated on that account. Even the disciples were apparently so much 
under the influence of this dietary tradition that they could not understand how "that which cometh out of 
the mouth" could defile a man, rather than that which went in, and asked for an explanation, remarking that 
the Pharisees "were offended, after they heard this saying". 

The simple truth which Jesus then gave them was abominable heresy to the Pharisees: "Do not ye 
understand, that what whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the 
draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the 
man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, 
blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man; but to eat with unwashen hands defikth not a man". 

This last remark was another penal offence under the Law and the Pharisees began to gather for the 
kill. They prepared the famous trick questions: "Then went the Pharisees and took counsel how they might 
entangle him in his talk". The two chief questions were, "To whom shall we render tribute?" and "Who then 
is my neighbour?" A wrong answer to the first would deliver him to 

[65] punishment by the foreign ruler, Rome. A wrong answer to the second would enable the Pharisees to 
denounce him to the foreign ruler as an offender against their own Law, and to demand his punishment. 

This is the method earlier pictured by Jeremiah and still in use today, in the Twentieth Century. All 
who have had to do with public debate in our time, know the trick question, carefully prepared beforehand, 
and the difficulty of answering it on the spur of the moment. Various methods of eluding the trap are known 
to professional debaters (for instance, to say "No comment", or to reply with another question). To give a 
complete answer, instead of resorting to such evasions, and in so doing to avoid the trap of incrimination and 
yet maintain the principle at stake is one of the most difficult things known to man. It demands the highest 
qualities of quickwittedness, presence of mind and clarity of thought. The answers given by Jesus to these 
two questions remain for all time the models, which mortal man can only hope to emulate. 

"Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?" (the affable 
tone of honest enquiry can be heard). "But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, Why tempt ye me, ye 
hypocrites? . . . Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. 
When they heard these words, they marvelled, and left him and went their way". 

On the second occasion, "a certain lawyer stood up and tempted him, saying, what shall I do to inherit 
eternal life?" In his answer Jesus again swept aside the great mass of Levitical Law and restated the two 
essentials: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart . . . and thy neighbour as thyself". Then came 
the baited trap: "And who is my neighbour?" 

What mortal man would have given the answer that Jesus gave? No doubt some mortal men, knowing 
like Jesus that their lives were at stake, would have said what they believed, for martyrs are by no means rare. 
But Jesus did much more than that; he disarmed his questioner like an expert swordsman who effortlessly 
sends his opponent's rapier spinning into the air. He was being enticed to declare himself openly; to say that 
"the heathen" were also "neighbours", and thus to convict himself of transgressing The Law. In fact he 
replied in this sense, but in such a way that the interrogator was undone; seldom was a lawyer so confounded. 

The Levitical-Pharisaic teaching was that only Judeans were "neighbours", and of all the outcast 
heathen they especially abominated the Samaritans (for reasons earlier indicated). The mere touch of a 
Samaritan was defilement and a major "transgression" (this continues true to the present day). The purpose 
of the question put to him was to lure Jesus into some statement that would qualify him for the major ban; by 
choosing the Samaritans, of all peoples, for the purpose of his reply, he displayed an audacity, or genius, that 
was more than human: 

He said that a certain man fell among thieves and was left for dead. Then came 
[66] "a priest" and "likewise a Levite" (the usual stinging rebuke to those who sought the chance to put him 
to death), who "passed by on the other side". Last came "a certain Samaritan", who bound the man's injuries, 
took him to an inn, and paid for his care: "which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him 
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The lawyer, cornered, could not bring himself to pronounce the defiling name "Samaritan"; he said, 
"He that showed mercy on him" and thereby joined himself (as he probably realized too late) with the 
condemnation of those for whom he spoke, such as "the priest" and "the Levite". "Then said Jesus unto him, 
Go, and do thou likewise". In these few words, and without any direct allusion, he made his interrogator 
destroy, out of his own mouth, the entire racial heresy on which the Law had been raised. 

One moderate Judaist critic, Mr. Montefiore, has made the complaint that Jesus made one exception to 
his rule of "love thine enemies"; he never said a good word for the Pharisees. 

Scholars may debate the point. Jesus knew that they would kill him or any man who exposed them. It 
is true that he especially arraigned the Pharisees, together with the scribes, and plainly saw in them the sect 
responsible for the perversion of the Law, so that the entire literature of denunciation contains nothing to 
equal this: 

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; 
for ye neither go in yourselves neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in . . . ye compass sea and land to 

make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves ye 

pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith. 
. . ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess . . . 
ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's 
bones, and of all uncleanness. . . ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the 
righteous, and say, if we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have partaken with them in the blood of the 
prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the 
measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers. . ." 

Some critics profess to find the last six words surprisingly harsh. However, if they are read in the 
context of the three sentences which precede them they are seen to be an explicit allusion to his approaching 
end, made by a man about to die to those who were about to put him to death, and at such a moment hardly 
any words could be hard enough. (However, even the deadly reproach, "Fill ye up then the measure of your 
fathers", had a later sequel: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do".) 

The end approached. The "chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders" (the 
[67] Sanhedrin) met under the high priest Caiaphas to concert measures against the man who disputed their 
authority and their Law. The only Judean among the Galilean disciples, Judas Iscariot, led the "great 
multitude with swords and staves", sent by the "chief priests and elders of the people", to the garden of 
Gethsemane and identified the man they sought by the kiss of death. 

This Judas deserves a passing glance. He was twice canonized in the Twentieth Century, once in Russia 
after the Bolshevist Revolution, and again in Germany after the defeat of Hitler, and these two episodes 
indicated that the sect which was more powerful than Rome, in Jerusalem at the start of our era, was once 
more supremely powerful in the West in the Twentieth Century. 

According to St. Matthew, Judas later hanged himself and if he thus chose the form of death "accursed 
of God", his deed presumably brought him no happiness. To Zionist historians of Dr. Kastein's school Judas 
is a sympathetic figure; Dr. Kastein explains that he was a good man who became disappointed with Jesus 
and therefore "secretly broke" with him (the words "secretly broke" could only occur in Zionist literature). 

The Pharisees, who controlled the Sanhedrin, tried Jesus first, before what would today be called "a 
Jewish court". Possibly "a people's court" would be a more accurate description in today's idiom, for he was 
"fingered" by an informer, seized by a mob, hailed before a tribunal without legitimate authority, and 
condemned to death after false witnesses had spoken to trumped-up charges. 

However, the "elders", who from this point on took charge of events in exactly the same way as the 
"advisers" of our century control events, devised the charge which deserved death equally under their "Law" 
and under the law of the Roman ruler. Under "the Mosaic Law", Jesus had committed blasphemy by claiming 
to be the Messiah; under the Roman law, he had committed treason by claiming to be the king of the Jews. 

The Roman governor, Pilate, tried one device after another, to avoid complying with the demand of 
these imperious "elders", that the man be put to death. 

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This Pilate was the prototype of the Twentieth Century British and American politician. He feared the 
power of the sect in the last resort, more than anything else. His wife urged him to have no truck with the 
business. He tried, in the politician's way, to pass the responsibility to another, Herod Antipas, whose 
tetrarchy included Galilee; Herod sent it back to him. Pilate next tried to let Jesus off with a scourging, but 
the Pharisees insisted on death and threatened to denounce Pilate in Rome: "Thou art not Caesar's friend". 

This was the threat to which Pilate yielded, just as one British Governor after another, one United 
Nations representative after another, yielded in the Twentieth Century to the threat that they would be 
defamed in London or New York. Evidently Pilate, like these men nineteen centuries later, knew that his 
home government would disavow or displace him if he refused to do as he was 
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The resemblance between Pilate and some British governors of the period between the First and 
Second World Wars is strong, (and at least one of these men knew it, for when he telephoned to a powerful 
Zionist rabbi in New York he jocularly asked, as he relates, that the High Priest Caiaphas be informed that 
Pontius Pilate was on the line). 

Pilate made one other attempt to have the actual deed done by other hands: "Take ye him, and judge 
him according to jour law". With the ease of long experience it was foiled: "it is not lawful for us to put any 
man to death". 

After that he even tried to save Jesus by giving "the people" the choice between pardoning Jesus or 
Barabbas, the robber and murderer. Presumably Pilate had small hope from this quarter, for "the people" and 
"the mob" are synonyms and justice and mercy never yet came from a mob, as Pilate would have known; the 
function of the mob is always to do the will of powerful sects. Thus, "the chief priests and elders persuaded the 
multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus". 

In this persuasion of the multitude the sect is equally powerful today. 

The longer the time that passes, the more brightly glow the colours of that unique final scene. The 
scarlet robe, mock sceptre, crown of thorns and derisive pantomime of homage; only Pharisaic minds could 
have devised that ritual of mockery which today so greatly strengthens the effect of the victim's victory. The 
road to Calvary, the crucifixion between two thieves: Rome, on that day, did the bidding of the Pharisees, as 
Persia, five hundred years before, had done that of the Levites. 

These Pharisees had taught the people of Judea to expect a Messiah, and now had crucified the first 
claimant. That meant that the Messiah was still to come. According to the Pharisees the Davidic king had yet 
to appear and claim his empire of the world, and that is still the situation today. 

Dr. Kastein, in his survey of Judaism from its start, devotes a chapter to the life of Jesus. After 
explaining that Jesus was a failure, he dismissed the episode with the characteristic words, "His life and death 
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Then comes the familiar, recurrent paradox; the catastrophe of Judea, which followed within a few 
decades of the death of Jesus, was the triumph of the Pharisees, for it left them supreme in Jewry. By the 
crucifixion of Jesus they rid themselves of a "prophet and dreamer" who would have cast down their Law. 
The brief remaining years of Judea rid them of all other parties that contended with them for power under that 

After the death of Jesus the Pharisees, according to the Jewish Encyclopaedia, found "a supporter and 
friend" in the last Herodian king of Judea, Agrippa I. Agrippa helped dispose of the Sadducees, who 
disappeared from the Judean scene, leaving all affairs there in the hands of the Pharisees (whose complaint 
about the Idumean line, therefore, seems to have little ground). They were thus left all-powerful in Jerusalem, 
like the Levites after the severance of Judah from Israel, and as on that earlier occasion disaster at once 
followed. In rising, phoenix-like, from the ashes of this, the Pharisees also repeated the history of the Levites. 

During the few remaining years of the tiny and riven province the Pharisees once more revised "the 
Law", those "commandments of men" which Jesus had most scathingly attacked. Dr. Kastein says, "Jewish life 
was regulated by the teachings of the Pharisees; the whole history of Judaism was reconstructed from the Pharisaic point of view . . 
Pharisaism shaped the character of Judaism and the life and the thought of the Jew for all the future . . It makes 'separatism' its 
chief characteristic ". 

Thus, in the immediate sequel to Jesus's life and arraignment of the "commandments of men", the 
Pharisees, like the Levites earlier, intensified the racial and tribal nature and rigour of the Law; the creed of 
destruction, enslavement and dominion was sharpened on the eve of the people's final dispersion. 

Dr. Kastein's words are of especial interest. He had earlier stated (as quoted) that after the infliction of 
the "New Covenant" on the Judahites by Nehemiah, the Torah received a "final" editing, and that "no word" 
of it was thereafter to be changed. Moreover, at the time of this Pharisaic "reconstruction" the Old 
Testament had already been translated into Greek, so that further changes made by the Pharisees could only 
have been in the original. 

It seems more probable that Dr. Kastein's statement refers to the Talmud, the immense continuation 
of the Torah which was apparently begun during the last years of Judea, although it was not reduced to 
writing until much later. Whatever happened, "the life and the thought of the Jew" were once again settled 
"for all the future", and "separatism" was reaffirmed as the supreme tenet of the Law. 

In AD 70, perhaps thirty-five years after the death of Jesus, all fell to pieces. The confusion and 
disorder in Judea were incurable and Rome stepped in. The 

[70] Pharisees, who had originally invited Roman intervention and were supreme in Judea under the Romans, 
remained passive. 

Other peoples of Palestine, and most especially the Galileans, would not submit to Rome and after 
many risings and campaigns the Romans entered and razed Jerusalem. Judea was declared conquered territory 
and the name vanished from the map. For long periods during the next nineteen hundred years no Jews at all 
lived in Jerusalem (the Samaritans, a tiny remnant of whom have survived all the persecutions, are the only 
people who have lived continuously in Palestine since Old Testamentary times). 

Dr. Kastein calls the seventy years which ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem "The Heroic 
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can hardly intend to apply the adjective to the fighting against the Romans, as this was so largely done by the 
alien Galileans, of whom he is no admirer. 

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Chapter 12 


Before Jerusalem fell in 70 AD two bands of travellers passed through its gates. The disciples bore a 
new message to mankind, for Christianity had been born. The Pharisees, foreseeing the fate which they had 
brought on Jerusalem, removed to a new headquarters from which (as from Babylon of yore) the ruling sect 
might exercise command over "the Jews", wherever in the world they lived. 

These two small groups of travellers were the vanguard of parties of light and of darkness which, like a 
man and his shadow, have gone ever since through the centuries, and ever westward. 

The crisis of "the West" today traces directly back to that departure from doomed Jerusalem nineteen 
centuries ago, for the two groups bore into the West ideas that could never be reconciled. One had to prevail 
over the other, sooner or later, and the great bid for victory of the destructive idea is being witnessed in our 

In the centuries between the story of the West was always, in essentials, that of the struggle between 
the two ideas. When "the Law" according to the Levites and Pharisees was in the ascendant, the West made 
slaves of men, brought heretics before an inquisition, put apostates to death, and yielded to primitive visions 
of master-racehood; thus the Twentieth Century was the time of the worst backsliding in the West. When the 
West made men and nations free, established justice between them, set up the right of fair and open trial, 
repudiated master-racehood and acknowledged the universal fatherhood of God, it followed the teaching of 
him who had come to "fulfil the Law". 

The Romans, when they took Jerusalem, struck medals with the inscription, "Judaea devicta, Judaea 
capta". This was a premature paean; Jerusalem might be ruined and Judea be empty of Jews, but the ruling 
sect was free and victorious. Its opponents around the temple had been swept away by the conqueror and it 
was already established in its new "centre", to which it had withdrawn before the fall of the city. 

The Pharisees were as supreme in this new citadel as the Levites once in Babylon, but in the outer 
world they espied a new enemy. The sect which believed that the Messiah had appeared, and called itself 
Christian, did not acknowledge this enmity; on the contrary, its ruling tenet was "love your enemies". But as 
the first tenet of the Pharisaic law was "hate your enemies", this was in itself a deliberate affront and 
challenge to the elders in their retreat. 

They saw from the start that the new religion would have to be destroyed if their "Law" were to 
prevail, and they were not deterred by the warning voices which (at this juncture as on all earlier and later 
occasions) were heard within their own ranks; for instance, Gamaliel's words when the high priest and 
council were about to have Peter and John scourged for preaching in the temple: "Consider well what you are 
about to do. If this be the work of men, it will soon 

[72] fall to nothing; but if it be the work of God you cannot destroy it". The majority o the Pharisees felt 
strong enough, in their own manmade Law, to "destroy it", and if necessary to work for centuries at that task. 

Thus the Pharisees, when they left the surviving Judeans to their fate and set up their new 
headquarters at Jamnia (still in Palestine), took their dark secrets of power over men into a world different 
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Previously their tribal creed had been one among many tribal creeds. Blood vengeance had been the 
rule among all men and clans. The neighbouring "heathen" might have been alarmed by the especial 
fierceness and vindictiveness of the Judaic creed, but had not offered anything much more enlightened. From 
this time on, however, the ruling sect was confronted by a creed which direcdy controverted every tenet of 
their own "Law", as white controverts black. Moreover, this new idea in the world, by the manner and place 
of its birth, was forever a rebuke to themselves. 

The Pharisees in their stronghold prepared to vanquish this new force that had risen in the world. 
Their task was larger than that of the Levites in Babylon. The temple was destroyed and Jerusalem was 
depopulated. The tribe of Judah had long since been broken up; now the race of Judeans was dissolving. 
There remained a "Jewish nation", composed of people of many admixtures of blood, who were spread all 
over the known world, and had to be kept united by the power of the tribal idea and of the "return" to a land 
"promised" to a "special people"; this dispersed nation had also to be kept convinced of its destructive 
mission among the nations where it dwelt. 

"The Law", in the form that was already becoming known to the outer world, could not again be 
amended, or new historical chapters be added to it. Moreover, Jesus had addressed his rebukes specifically to 
the falsification of these "commandments of men" by the scribes. He had been killed but not controverted or 
even (as the growth of the Christian sect showed) given his quietus. Thus his arraignment of the Law stood 
and was so conclusive that not even the Pharisees could expect to convince anybody simply by calling him a 
transgressor of it. 

Nevertheless, the Law needed constant reinterpretation and application to the events of changing 
times, so that the "special people" could always be shown that each and every event, however paradoxical at 
first sight, was in fact one of Jehovan fulfilment. The Pharisees at Jamnia invoked once more their claim to 
possess the oral secrets of God and began, under it, to reinterpret the "statutes and commandments" so that 
these could be shown to apply to Christianity. This was the origin of the Talmud, which in effect is the anti- 
Christian extension of the Torah. 

The Talmud became, in the course of centuries, "the fence around the Law"; the outer tribal stockade 
around the inner tribal stockade. The significance lies in the period at which it was begun: when Judea was 
gone, when "the people" were scattered among all nations, and when a new religion was taking shape which 
[73] taught that God was the father of all men, not merely the patron of a selected tribe. 

Looking back from this distance of time, the task which the Pharisees undertook looks hopeless, for 
the wish to become part of mankind must surely have had strong appeal to a scattered people. 

The Pharisees, as the event has proved, were successful in their huge undertaking. The Talmud was 
effective in interposing a fence between the Jews and the forces of integration released by Christianity. 

Two examples from our present time illustrate the effect of the Talmud, many centuries after its 
compilation. The brothers Thoreau in their books give the diligent student some rare glimpses behind the 
Talmudic walls; in one book they depict the little Jewish boy in Poland who had been taught to spit, quite 
mechanically, as he passed the wayside Calvary and to say, "Cursed be thou who created another religion". In 
1953, in New York, a young missionary of the Moravian Church in Jerusalem described the seizure by the 
Zionists of the Moravian leper home there, called "The Jesus Mission"; their first act was to putty over the 
name "Jesus" which for more than a hundred years had been inscribed above its door. 

Such incidents as these (and the ban on the mention of the name Jesus) derive directly from the 
teaching of the Talmud, which in effect was another "New Law" with a specifically anti-Christian application. 
For this reason the next period in the story of Zion is best described as that of the Talmudists, the former 
ones being those of the Pharisees and of the Levites. 

While the Pharisaic Talmudists, in their new academy at Jamnia, worked on the new Law, the tidings 
of Jesus's life and lesson spread through the territories of Rome. 

A Pharisee gready helped to spread them; Saul of Tarsus set out from Jerusalem (before its fall) to 
exterminate heretics in Damascus and before he arrived there became a follower of Christ. He preached to 
Jew and Gentile alike, until he was prevented, and he told the Jews, "It was necessary that the word of God 
should first have been spoken to you; but seeing that ye put it from you and judge yourselves worthy of 
everlasting life, we turn to the Gentiles". 

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Dr. Kastein says of Saul, named Paul, that "he made all those whom he persuaded to believe in his 
prophecy renegades in the widest sense, whether they were Jew or Gentile". 

However, what Paul (and others) said was in fact inevitable at that point in time, because men 
everywhere were groping towards the universal God and turned to the teaching of Jesus as growing things to 
the light. Possibly this impulse in men was also the reason why Jesus had to appear among the Judeans; the 
Judaic creed was tribalism in its most fanatical form, even at that time, and, as every action produces its 
reaction, the counter-idea was bound to appear where the pressure was greatest. 


This was a fateful moment for that great area, then little known or populated, which today is called 
The West. Had not the disciples turned their faces westward, the term, "the West", and that which it denotes, 
might never have come about. 

What is called "Western civilization" cannot be conceived without Christianity. During the nineteen 
hundred years which followed the death of Jesus the West improved so greatly that it left the rest of the 
world behind. In material things its advance was so great that at the time when this book was written it was 
on the brink of the conquest of space; it was about to open the universe to exploration by man. But that was 
much the lesser part of its achievement. 

Its greatest improvement was in the field of the spirit and of man's behaviour towards man. The West 
established men's right to public charge and open trial, or release, (a right which was again in jeopardy in the 
Twentieth Century) and this was the greatest advance in the entire history of man; on the survival or 
destruction of this achievement depends his future. 

The shadow that followed the disciples out of the gates of Jerusalem, before the Romans entered, also 
followed Christianity into the West and the Talmudic sect dogged it during all those centuries. The West, in 
the Twentieth Century, became the scene of the struggle between the nations which had risen with 
Christianity and the sect dedicated to the destructive idea. 

Not only the West is involved in its issue. About five hundred years after the life of Jesus the 
instinctive impulse of men to seek one God produced another challenge to Talmudic racialism, and this time 
it came from among the Semitic masses. The Arabs, too, attained to the concept of one God of all men. 

Muhammad (dismissed by Dr. Kastein as "a half-educated Bedouin"), like Saul on the road to 
Damascus, had a vision of God. His teaching in many ways resembled that of Jesus. He held Jesus to have 
been, like Abraham and Moses, a prophet of God (not the Messiah). He regarded himself as the successor of 
Moses and Jesus and as the prophet of God, whom he called Allah. There was but one God, Allah, the creator 
of mankind, and Allah was not the tribal god of the Arabs, but the God of all men. 

This religion, like Christianity, taught no hatred of other religions. Muhammad showed only reverence 
for Jesus and his mother (who are both the subjects of profane derision in Talmudic literature). 

However, Muhammad held the Jews to be a destructive force, self-dedicated. The Koran says of them, 
"Oft as they kindle a beacon fire for war, shall God quench it. And their aim will be to abet disorder on the earth; but God 
loveth not the abettors of disorder ". All down the centuries the wisest men spoke thus of the tribal creed and the 
sect, until the Twentieth Century of our era, when public discussion of this question was virtually suppressed. 

Thus was Islam born, and it spread over the meridianal parts of the known 
[75] world as Christianity spread over the West and Buddhism, earlier, over the East. Great streams began to 
move, as if towards a confluence at some distant day, for these universal religions are in no major tenet as oil 
and water, and in the repudiation of master-racehood and the destructive idea they agree. 

Christianity and Islam spread out and embraced great masses of mankind; the impulse that moved in 
men became clear. Far behind these universal religions lay Judaism, in its tribal enclosure, jealously guarded 
by the inner sect. 

In the Twentieth Century this powerful sect was able to bring the masses of Christendom and Islam to 
the verge of destructive battle with each other. If the present generation sees that clash, the spectacle will be 
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Towards this strange denouement, nineteen centuries ahead, the two parties of men set out from 
Jerusalem long ago. 

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Chapter 13 


The story of Zion, from its start, falls into five distinct phases: those of the Levites, the Pharisees, the 
Talmudists, the "emancipation" interlude and the Zionists. This narrative has now reached the third phase. 

The Levitical phase was that of isolated Judah, the Babylonian "captivity" and "return", and the 
production and enforcement of "the Mosaic Law". The Pharisaic phase, which followed and roughly 
coincided with the Roman overlordship of the province of Judea, ended with the second destruction of 
Jerusalem, the dispersion of the last Judeans, the Pharisaic supremacy and the withdrawal of the 
"government" to its new "centre" at Jamnia. 

The third, Talmudic phase was much the longest for it lasted seventeen centuries, from 70 AD to 
about 1800 AD. During this period the Jews entered the West and the "government", from a succession of 
"centres", worked tirelessly to keep the dispersed nation under its control, subject to "the Law", and separate 
from other peoples. 

As this was also the period of Western civilization and of the rise of Christianity, it was inevitable that 
Christendom specifically (and not merely the generic "heathen", or "strangers", or "other gods") should 
become the chief target of the Law's destructive commands. 

In the eyes of the dominant sect and its devotees, this period, which seems so long and important to 
Western minds, was essentially as insignificant as the Babylonian period. The fact that the one lasted 
seventeen centuries and the other fifty years made no real difference: both were merely periods of "exile" for 
the special people; and under the Law the long Western episode, like the short Babylonian one, was ordained 
to terminate in disaster for the "captors", a Jewish triumph and a new "return", all of which some new Daniel 
would interpret in those terms. 

The seventeen centuries represented a new "captivity", under the Law, which laid down that wherever 
the chosen people dwelt outside Jerusalem they were in captivity, and that this captivity was in itself 

To a literal Zionist like Dr. Kastein, therefore, the seventeen centuries which saw the rise of 
Christendom form a page of history which is blank save for the record of "Jewish persecution" inscribed on 
it. The rest was all sound and fury, signifying nothing; it was a period of time during which Jehovah used the 
heathen to plague the Jews while he prepared the triumph of his special people; and for what they did the 
heathen have yet to pay (he cries). The one positive result of the seventeen Christian centuries, for him, is 
that the Jews emerged from them still segregated from mankind, thanks to their Talmudic governors. 

Certainly this was an astounding feat; in the entire history of negative achievement, nothing can 
approach the results obtained by the elders of Zion. In the Talmud they built that "fence around the Law" 
which successfully 

[77] withstood, during seventeen hundred years, all the centrifugal forces which attracted the Jews towards 

While they reinforced their stockade, European men, having accepted Christianity, toiled through the 
centuries to apply its moral law to daily life, by abolishing serfdom and slavery, reducing privilege and 
inequality and generally raising the dignity of man. This process was known as "emancipation" and by the 
year 1800 it was about to prevail over the system of absolute rulers and privileged castes. 

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The Jews, directed by their Talmudic rulers, took a leading part in the struggle for emancipation. That 
in itself was fair enough. The masses of Christendom held from the start that the liberties to be won should 
ultimately accrue to all men, without distinction of race, class or creed; that was the very meaning of the 
struggle itself, and anything else or less would have made it meaningless. 

Nevertheless, in the case of the Jews there was an obvious paradox which repeatedly baffled and 
alarmed the peoples among whom they dwelt: The Jewish Law expressed the theory of the master-race in the 
most arrogant and vindictive form conceivable to the human imagination; how then could the Jews attack 
nationhood in others? Why did the Jews demand the levelling of barriers between men when they built an 
ever stronger barrier between the Jews and other men? How could people, who claimed that God had made 
the very world itself for them to rule, and forbade them to mix with lesser breeds, complain of 

Now that another hundred and fifty years have passed, the answer to such questions has been given by 


It was true that the Jewish clamour for emancipation was not truly concerned with the great idea or 
principle at issue: human liberty. The judaic Law denied that idea and principle. The Talmudic governors of 
Jewry saw that the quickest way to remove the barriers between themselves and power over nations was to 
destroy legitimate government in these nations; and the quickest way to that end was to cry "emancipation!". 

Thus the door opened by emancipation could be used to introduce the permanent revolutionary force 
into the life of nations; with the destruction of all legitimate government, the revolutionaries would succeed 
to power, and these revolutionaries would be Talmud-trained and Talmud-controlled. They would act always 
under the Mosaic Law, and in this way the end of Babylon could be reproduced in the West. 

The evidence of events in the Twentieth Century now shows that this was the plan to which the 
Talmudic elders worked during the third phase of the story of Zion, from 70 AD to about 1800 AD. Thus 
there was the widest possible difference in the understanding of "emancipation" by the Christianized 
European peoples among whom the Jews dwelt and among the Talmudic rulers of the Jews. For the great 
mass of peoples emancipation represented an end: the 

[78] end of servitude. For the powerful, secret sect it represented a means to the opposite end; the imposition 
of a new and harsher servitude. 

One great danger attended this undertaking. It was, that the destruction of barriers between men might 
also destroy the barrier between the Jews and other men; this would have destroyed the plan itself, for that 
force would have been dispersed which was to be used, emancipation once gained, to "pull down and 
destroy" the nations. 

This very nearly happened in the fourth phase of the story of Zion; the century of emancipation (say, 
from 1800 to 1900 AD) brought the peril of "assimilation". In the century of "freedom" a great number of 
Jews, in Western Europe and in the new "West" oversea, did evince the desire to cast off the chains of the 
Judaic Law and to mingle themselves with the life of peoples. For that reason our Zionist historian, Dr. 
Kastein, considers the Nineteenth Century to be the darkest age in all Jewish history, fraught with the deadly 
peril of involvement in mankind, which happily was averted. He cannot contemplate without horror the 
destruction, through assimilation, of the Judaic barriers of race and creed. Thus he calls the Nineteenth 
Century movement towards emancipation "retrograde" and thanks God that "the Zionist ideology" preserved 
the Jews from the fate of assimilation. 

That led to the fifth phase, the one which began in about 1900 and in which we live. The Talmudic 
stockade held fast and at the end of the fourth phase the Jews, fully "emancipated" in the Western 
understanding, were still segregated under their own Law. Those who tended to escape, towards 
"assimilation", were then drawn back into the tribal enclosure by the mystic power of nationalism. 

Using the power over governments which it had gained through emancipation, the ruling sect achieved 
a second "return" to the chosen land, and thus reestablished the Law of 458 BC, with its destructive and 
imperial mission. A chauvinist fever, which yet must run its course, was injected into the veins of world 
Jewry; the great power wielded over Western governments was used to a co-ordinated end; and the whole 
destructive ordeal of the West in the Twentieth Century was related to and dominated by the ancient 
ambition of Zion, revived from antiquity to become the dogma of Western politics. 

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This fifth phase is about fifty-five years old as the present book is written, and its first results are 
formidable. The "Mosaic Law" has been superimposed on the life of Western peoples, which in fact is 
governed by that law, not by any law of their own. The political and military operations of two world wars 
have been diverted to promote the Zionist ambition and the life and treasure of the West have been poured 
out in support of it. 

Forty years of continuous bloodshed in Palestine have obviously been but the prelude to what is yet to 
come there. Any third world war may begin and spread outward from Palestine, and if one were to start 
elsewhere it would in its course foreseeably revolve around and turn on the ambition of Zion, which will not 

[79] fulfilled until a much greater area in the Middle East has been conquered, "other Gods" have been 
thrown down, and "all nations" have been enslaved. 

Dr. Kastein sees in this fifth phase the golden age when "history may be resumed" (after the 
meaningless interregnum known as the Christian era) and Zionism, as "the possessor of a world mission", 
will re-enter into a destined inheritance, culminating in world dominion, of which it was criminally 
dispossessed in AD 70 (when "history" was interrupted). 

This narrative has now reached the third of these five phases, the long one when the Talmudic scribes 
in the Academy at Jamnia began with infinite industry to spin The Law into a much greater web, of endless 
ramifications, from which a Jew could hardly escape without dire penalty. By means of it the seemingly 
impossible was achieved: a breed of people dispersed throughout the world was for seventeen hundred years 
kept apart from mankind and was trained for a destructive task in the Twentieth Century of the Christian era. 

Some account of that remarkable period of preparation and organization, when a fence was built 
around the Judaic Law, so that "liberty" should not absorb the special people or weaken their destructive 
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The Pharisaic elders who moved to Jamnia from Jerusalem before its destruction in 70 AD intended, 
like the Levites in Babylon earlier, to set up a centre of power and remote-control, from which they might 
keep in subjection a tribal organization, by that time distributed over the earth. They took with them to 
Jamnia the accumulated experience of Jerusalem and Babylon and the stored secrets of ages and they 
succeeded in establishing a mobile government which has continued to exercise authority over the Jews until 
the present day. 

Before the last battles with Rome (says Dr. Kastein) "a group of teachers, scholars and educators 
repaired to Jamnia, taking the fate of their people on their shoulders so as to be responsible for it through the 
ages . . . At Jamnia the central body for the administration of the Jewish people was established ... As a rule, 
when a nation has been utterly routed as the Jews were on this occasion, they perish altogether. But the 
Jewish people did not perish . . . They had already learnt how to change their attitude during the Babylonian 
captivity . . . And they followed a similar course now". 

At Jamnia the Old Sanhedrin, the source of all legislative, administrative and judicial authority, was 
established under a new name. In addition, an academy was created for the further development of The Law. 
In it, the scribes continued the revelation of Jehovah's mind and the interpretation of The Law, so often said 
to have been put in its final form. In fact, as the dogma is that the Law governs every act of human life in 
circumstances which continually change, it never could or can be finally codified and must ever be expanded. 

Apart from that permanent reason for revision, the new factor, Christianity, had arisen and the Law's 
application to it had to be defined. Thus the Torah (the Law) began to receive its huge supplement, the 
Talmud, which was of equal or greater authority. 

From Jamnia the Law was administered which "raised an insuperable barrier against the outside 
world", enforced a discipline "rigid to the point of deadliness", and "kept proselytes at arm's length". The aim was 
to "make the life of the Jew utterly different from that of the Gentiles". Any law that received a majority of 
votes of the Sanhedrin became enforcible throughout the dispersed Judaist communities everywhere; 
"opponents were threatened with the ban, which meant being excluded from the community". 

In this way, "the centre of the circle was finally fixed, and the circle itself fully described in the form of 
the law and the hedge that was set about the people". During this period (before Christianity became the 
religion of Rome) the secret edict went out from "the centre" at Jamnia, authorizing Jews to pretend denial of 
their creed and profess conversion to "pagan religions", if circumstances made this expedient. 

The period of government from Jamnia lasted for about a century, and then it 
[81] was transferred to Usha in Galilee, where the Sanhedrin was re-established. "Judaism set limitations 
about itself and grew ever more exclusive"; at this time the special curse on Jewish Christians was pronounced. In 
320 AD the Roman Emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, and enacted laws which forbade 
marriages between Christians and Jews and forbade Jews to keep Christian slaves. These were the natural 
response to the Law of exclusion and "stranger"-slavery administered by the Talmudic government at Usha, 
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where the Judean colony, which eight centuries earlier had preferred to stay there rather than "return" to 
Jerusalem, "was still intact". The Talmudic government was set up at Sura, and academies were established 
there at Pumbedita. 

The Talmud, begun at Jamnia and Usha, was completed at Sura and Pumbedita. "A ring of vast 
proportions and colossal elasticity" was built around the Jews everywhere; the mystic circle of fear and 
superstition was drawn tighter. From Sura an Exilarch (prince of the captivity of the house of David), ruled, 
but in time he became a figurehead. Thereafter "the president of the academy" (in effect, the high priest and 
prime minister) "laid down the rules and regulations not only for the Babylonian Jews but for the whole of 
Judaism . . . The Jews throughout the world recognized the academies in Babylonia as the authoritative centre of 
Judaism, and regarded any laws they passed as binding". 

Thus the nation-within-nations, the state- within- states, was enfettered and ruled by the Talmudic 
government in Babylonia. 

The core of dogma remained as Ezekiel, Ezra and Nehemiah had shaped and enforced it; but the 
Talmud, in effect, had taken the place of the Torah, as the Torah earlier had supplanted the "oral traditions". 
The heads of the academies of Sura and Pumbedita were called Gaonim and began to exercise autocratic 
power over the scattered Jews. The shadowy Exilarchs (later Nasim, or princes) were dependent on their 
approval and the Sanhedrin surrendered its functions to them, or was deprived of these. When doubt arose 
among Jews, anywhere in the world, about the interpretation or application of the Law in any matter of the 
day, the question was referred to the Gaonate. The verdicts and judgments returned (in the name of Jehovah) 
from the distant government were the Gaonic Reponses, or laws enacted from Babylonia, to which Jews 
everywhere submitted, or incurred danger of excommunication. 

In this manner the Talmudic thrall spread round the dispersed Jews, wherever they dwelt, "like a 
closely woven net . . . over ordinary days and holidays, over their actions and over their prayers, over their 
whole lives and every step they took . . . Nothing in their external lives was any longer allowed to be the sport 
of arbitrary settlement or of chance". This is the picture of an absolute despotism, different from other 
despotisms only in the element of distance between the despots and their subjects. Given a benevolent 
mission, a community of people so 

[82] closely controlled might immensely fructify the life of peoples; given a destructive one, their presence 
among others is like that of a blasting charge in rock, operated by a distant hand on a plunger. 

For six hundred years the Talmudic government, at Jamnia, Usha, and Sura, remained in or near to its 
native, oriental climate, where its nature was comprehended by other peoples; they knew how to cope with 
and counter the savage tribal creed and, as long as they were not hampered or constrained by foreign powers 
in their dealings with it, they were always able to find a workaday compromise, which enabled all to live in 
practical amity side by side. 

Then came the event which has produced such violent results in our time: the Talmudic government 
moved into Christianized Europe and established itself among peoples to whom the nature of its dogma and its 
methods were strange and even incomprehensible. This led, in the course of many centuries, to the recurrent 
clash of the alien ambition and creed against native interest, which our century is again experiencing. 

The nature of Westerners (more especially in the northern latitudes) is to be candid, to declare 
purposes, and to use words to express intention, and Christianity developed these native traits. The force 
which appeared among them was of the opposite character, oriental, infinitely subtle, secretive, conspiratorial, 
and practised in the use of language to disguise real purposes. Therein lay its greatest strength in the 
encounter with the West. 

The removal to Europe came about through the Islamic conquests. The Arabs, under the Prophet's 
banner, drove the Romans from Palestine. By this means the native inhabitants of Palestine, who had 
inhabited it some two thousand years before the first Hebrew tribes entered, became the rulers of their own 
country, and remained so for nine hundred years (until 1517, when the Turks conquered it). An instructive 
comparison may be made between the Islamic and the Judaic treatment of captives: 

The Caliph's order to the Arab conquerors in 637 AD was, "You shall not act treacherously, 
dishonestly, commit any excess or mutilation, kill any child or old man; cut or burn down palms or fruit trees, 
kill any sheep, cow or camel, and shall leave alone those whom you find devoting themselves to worship in 
their cells". Jehovah's order, according to Deuteronomy 20.16, is, "Of the cities of these people, which the Lord 
thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shall save alive nothing that breatheth". 

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Fiom Palestine, Islam then spread its frontiers right across North Africa, so that the great mass of 
Jews came within the boundaries of the same external authority. Next, Islam turned towards Europe and 
invaded Spain. Therewith the shadow of Talmudic Zionism fell across the West. The Moorish conquest was 
"supported with both men and money" by the Jews, who as camp-followers were treated with remarkable 
favour by the conquerors, city after city being handed to their control! The Koran itself said, "Their aim will 
be to abet disorder on the 

[83] earth"; the Islamic armies certainly facilitated this aim. 

Christianity thus became submerged in Spain. In these propitious circumstances the Talmudic 
government was transferred from Babylonia to Spain, and the process began, the results of which have 
become apparent in our generation. Dr. Kastein says: 

"Judaism, dispersed as it was over the face of the globe, was always inclined to set up a fictitious state 
in the place of the one that had been lost, and always aimed, therefore, at looking to a common centre for 
guidance . . . This centre was now held to be situated in Spain, whither the national hegemony was transferred 
from the East. Just as Babylonia had providentially taken the place of Palestine, so now Spain opportunely 
replaced Babylonia, which, as a centre of Judaism, had ceased to be capable of functioning. All that could be 
done there had already been accomplished; it had forged the chains with which the individual could bind 
himself, to avoid being swallowed up by his environment: the Talmud". 

The reader will observe the description of events: "individuals" do not commonly bind themselves, of 
choice, with chains forged for them. Anyway, the Jewish captivity was as close as ever, or perhaps had been 
made closer. That was for the Jews to ponder. 

What was to become of vital importance to the West was that the Jewish government was now in 
Europe, The directing centre and the destructive idea had both entered the West. 

The Talmudic government of the nation-within-nations was continued from Spanish soil. The 
Gaonate issued its directives; the Talmudic academy was established at Cordova; and sometimes, at least, a 
shadowy Exilarch reigned over Jewry. 

This was done under the protection of Islam; the Moors, like Babylon and Persia before, showed 
remarkable benevolence towards this force in their midst. To the Spaniards the invader came to bear more 
and more a Jewish countenance and less and less a Moorish one; the Moors had conquered, but the 
conqueror's power passed into Jewish hands. The story which the world had earlier seen enacted in Babylon, 
repeated itself in Spain, and in later centuries was to be re-enacted in every great country of the West. 

The Moors remained in Spain for nearly eight hundred years. When the Spanish reconquest, after this 
long ordeal, was completed in 1492 the Jews, as well as the Moors, were expelled. They had become 
identified with the invaders' rule and were cast out when it ended, as they had followed it in. 

The "centre" of Talmudic government was then transferred to Poland. 

At that point, less than four centuries before our own generation, a significant mystery enters the story 
of Zion: why was the government set up in Poland? Up to that stage the annals reveal no trace of any large 
migration of Jews to Poland. The Jews who entered Spain with the Moors came from North Africa and when 
they left most of them returned thither or went to Egypt, Palestine, Italy, the 

[84] Greek islands and Turkey. Other colonies had appeared in France, Germany, Holland and England and 
these were enlarged by the arrival among them of Jews from the Spanish Peninsula. There is no record that any 
substantial number of Spanish Jews went to Poland, or that any Jewish mass-migration to Poland had occurred at any earlier 

Yet in the 1500's, when the "centre" was set up in Poland, "a Jewish population of millions came into 
being there ", according to Dr. Kastein. But populations of millions do not suddenly "come into being". Dr. 
Kastein shows himself to be aware that something needs explanation here, and to be reluctant to go into it, 
for he dismisses the strange thing with the casual remark that the size of this community, of which nothing 
has previously been heard, "was more due to immigration, apparently from France, Germany and Bohemia, 
than to any other cause". He does not explain what other cause he might have in mind and, for a diligent scholar, 
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But when a Zionist historian thus slurs over something the seeker after knowledge may be fairly sure 
that the root of the matter may by perseverance be found. 

So it is in this case; behind Dr. Kastein's artless conjecture the most important fact in the later story of 
Zion is concealed. The "centre" of Jewish government was at this time planted among a large community of 
people who were unknown to the world as Jews and in fact were not Jews in any literal sense. They had no 
Judahite blood at all (for that matter; Judahite blood must by this time have been almost extinct even among 
the Jews of Western Europe) and their forefathers had never known Judea, or any soil but that of Tartary. 

These people were the Khazars, a Turco-Mongolian race which had been converted to Judaism in 
about the 7th century of our era. This is the only case of the conversion of a large body of people of quite 
distinct blood to Judaism (the Idumeans were "brothers"). The reason why the Talmudic elders permitted or 
encouraged it can only be guessed; without it, however, the "Jewish question" would by now have joined the 
problems that time has solved. 

This development (which will be further discussed in a later chapter) was of vital, and perhaps even 
mortal importance to the West. The natural instinct of Europe was always to expect the greatest danger to its 
survival from Asia. From the moment when "the centre" was transferred to Poland these Asiatics began to 
move towards, and later to enter the West in the guise of "Jews" and they brought Europe to its greatest 
crisis. Though their conversion had occurred so long before they were so remote that the world might never 
have known of them, had not the Talmudic centre been set up among them, so that they came to group 
themselves around it. 

When they became known, as "Eastern Jews", they profited by the confusing effect of the contraction 
of the word Judahite, or Judean, to "Jew"; none would ever have believed that they were judahites or Judeans. 
From the time when they 

[85] took over the leadership of Jewry the dogma of "the return" to Palestine was preached in the name of 
people who had no Semitic blood or ancestral link with Palestine whatever! 

From this period the Talmudic government operated with a masse de manoeuvre of a different Asiatic 


Once again, a virtually independent state was formed within the Polish state, which like so many states 
before and after showed the greatest benevolence to the nation-within-nations that took shape within its 
gates. As in the earlier and later cases this in no wise mitigated the hostility of the Talmudic Jews towards it, 
which was proverbial. 

Dr. Kastein gives the picture of this independent Jewish government during the Polish phase. The 
Talmudists were allowed to draw up "a constitution", and through the 1500's and 1600's the Jews in Poland 
lived under "an autonomous government". This administered "an iron system of autonomy and an iron 
religious discipline, which inevitably resulted in the formation of an oligarchic body of administrators and the 
development of an extreme form of mysticism" (this gives the picture of the training, under rigid discipline in 
close confinement, which produced the Communist and Zionist revolutionaries of our century). 

This autonomous Talmudic government was called the Kahal. In its own territory the Kahal was a 
fully-empowered government, under Polish suzerainty. It had independent authority of taxation in the 
ghettoes and communities, being responsible for payment of a global sum to the Polish government. It 
passed laws regulating every action and transaction between man and man and had power to try, judge, 
convict or acquit. 

This power only nominally stopped short of capital punishment: Professor Salo Baron says, "In Poland, 
where the Jewish court had no right to inflict capital punishment, lynching, as an extra-legal preventive, was 
encouraged by rabbinical authorities such as Solomon Luria", (This quotation reveals the inner meaning of Dr. 
Kastein's frequent, but cautious, allusions to "iron discipline", "inexorable discipline", "discipline rigid to the 
point of deadliness", and the like). 

In effect, a Jewish state, Talmud-ruled, was recreated on the soil of Poland. 

As Dr. Kastein says, "Such was the constitution of the Jewish state, planted on foreign soil, hemmed in by a 
wall of foreign laws, with a structure partly self-chosen and partly forced upon it ... It had its own Jewish law, 
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government ... in fact, it possessed all the elements which go to form a state". The achievement of this status 
was due "in no small measure to the co-operation of the Polish Government". 

Then, in 1772, Poland was partitioned and this great community of "Eastern Jews", organized as a 
state-within-the-state, was divided by national boundaries, most of it coming under Russian rule. At that 
point, for the first time in more than 2500 years and less than two hundred years before our own day, the 
[86] "centre" of Jewish government disappears from sight. Up to 1772 there had always been one: in Poland, 
Spain, Babylonia, Galilee, Judea, Babylon and Judah. 

Dr. Kastein says that "the centre ceased to exist". The suggestion is that the centralized control of 
Jewry at that moment ended, but the length and strength of its earlier survival, and the significant events of 
the ensuing century, confute that. In a later passage Dr. Kastein himself reveals the truth, when he jubilantly 
records that in the Nineteenth Century "a Jewish international took shape". 

Clearly "the centre" continued, but from 1772 in secret. The reason for the withdrawal into 
concealment may be deduced from the shape of later events. 

The century which followed was that of the revolutionary conspiracy, Communist and Zionist, 
culminating in the open appearance of these two movements, which have dominated the present century. 
The Talmudic "centre" was also the centre of this conspiracy. Had it remained in the open the source of 
conspiracy would have been visible, and the identification of the Talmudic, Eastern Jews with it obvious. 

In the event this only became clear when the revolution of 1917 produced an almost all-Jewish 
government in Russia; and by that time power over governments in the West was so great that the nature of 
this new regime was little discussed, a virtual law of heresy having come into force there. Had the visible 
institution continued, the masses of the West would in time have become aware that the Talmudic 
government of Jewry, though it led the clamour for "emancipation", was also organizing a revolution to 
destroy all that the peoples might gain from this emancipation. 

The Russians, among whom this largest single community of Jews at that time dwelt, knew what had 
happened. Dr. Kastein says, "The Russians wondered what could possibly be the reason why the Jews did not 
amalgamate with the rest of the population, and came to the conclusion that in their secret Kahals they 
possessed a strong reserve, and that a 'World Kahal' existed". Dr. Kastein later confirms what the Russians 
believed, by his own allusion to the "Jewish international" of the Nineteenth Century. 

In other words, the "government" continued, but in concealment, and probably in the different form 
suggested by Dr. Kastein's word "international". The strong presumption is that the "centre" today is not 
located in any one country and that, although its main seat of power is evidently in the United States, it now 
takes the form of a directorate distributed among the nations and working in unison, over the heads of 
governments and peoples. 

The Russians, who at the time of the disappearance of "the centre" from public view were better 
informed than any others about this matter, have been proved right. 

The manner in which this international directorate gains and wields its power over Gentile 
governments is no longer quite mysterious; enough authentic, 

[87] published information has come out of these last fifty years to explain that, as this book will later show. 

The mystery of its agelong hold over "Jews" is more difficult to penetrate. How has a sect been able to 
keep people, distributed around the globe, in the clutch of a primitive tribalism during twenty- five centuries? 

The next chapter seeks to give some insight into the methods used during the third and longest phase 
of the story of Zion, the Talmudic period which lasted from AD 70 to about 1800. These methods have so 
much of the Orient and of Asia in them that they are puzzling to Western minds and are best comprehended 
by those whose own experience took them much among the communities of "Eastern Jews" before the 
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Whatever else is in dispute, one thing is incontestable: that great force must repose in a Law which for 
nineteen centuries obtains obedience from people scattered over the earth, when by an effort of will they 
could escape its thrall. The Talmud was (and is) such a law, and the only one of its kind. 

"The Talmud was regarded almost as the supreme authority by the majority of Jews . . . Even the Bible 
was relegated to a secondary place" (the Jewish Encyclopaedia). "The absolute superiority of the Talmud over the Bible of Moses 
must be recognized by all" (the Archives Israelites, quoted by Mgr. Landrieux). "The words of the elders are more 
important than the words of the Prophets" (the Talmud, Treatise Berachofh, i.4.). 

The compilation of the Talmud began at Jamnia, the part played in Babylon by Ezekiel and Ezra being 
played in this new revision of the Law, by the rabbi known as Judah the Holy or the Prince. 

It was in effect a massive addition to the "statutes and judgments" of Deuteronomy, Eeviticus and 
Numbers. All the laws which "the centre" enacted were appended to the Torah as the "Oral Torah", having 
equal divine origin. Then they were written down in the Mishna. Later again (under the oft-used pretext of 
"completing" the work) immense records of rabbinical discussions and rulings were added in the Gemara, but 
as the Gemara was the product of two distinct Jewish communities, those of Jerusalem in the fifth and of 
Babylon in the seventh century, there are two Talmuds, known as the Palestinian and the Babylonian. 

The Talmud, which thus was produced during the Christian era, is anti-Christian. It is supposed to 
derive from the same original source as the Torah; the priestly scribes who compiled it once more claimed to 
revise or expand under powers "orally" bestowed on Mount Sinai. 

The copy of the Christian Bible which I have states that "the churches of all denominations receive 
and accept" the Old Testament "as given by inspiration of God, therefore being for them a Divine rule or 
guide of faith and practice", a ruling which comes down from the Council of Trent. A question therefore 
arises: in what way was the inspiration of the Talmud different from that of the Torah? If it was not different, 
then why should not the anti-Christian Talmud be added to the Christian Bible? 

If that were done the entire work would extend along several shelves of a library, and the New 
Testament would be a tiny pamphlet, lost among and excommunicated by the Talmudic mass, the teaching of 
which is thus summarized by the Talmudic scholar Drach: 

"The precepts of justice, of equity, of charity towards one's neighbours, are not only not applicable 
with regard to the Christian, but constitute a crime in anyone who would act differently . . . The Talmud 
expressly forbids one to save a 

[89] non-Jew from death. . . to restore lost goods, etc., to him, to have pity on him". 

The theological decision about the "equal divine authority" of the Torah seems to have introduced an 
element of confusion into the Christian lesson from which Christianity itself in the end might not recover. 

The Talmudic precepts just quoted are not essentially different in nature from those included in 
Deuteronomy when that "second Law" was made public a thousand years before the Palestinian Talmud was 
completed; they are merely given a specifically anti-Christian application. 

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Why was the Talmud necessary at all? The reasons seem clear. The Judeans had been finally dispersed 
about the world, or at any rate until such time as these "exiles" should be "in-gathered" and congregate again 
around the temple. The world where they were scattered contained a new "enemy" in the form of a religion 
which had been born in the very declaration that Phariseeism was heresy: "Woe unto you, scribes and 
Pharisees, hypocrites!" Moreover, the Judaic Law had become known through translation to the heathen 
world, which had even found some things in it that it could use. Thus the special people, if they were to be 
kept apart, needed a new Law of their own, which could be kept from the eyes of the Gentiles. The Torah 
needed "a hedge" about it, strong enough to preserve the exiles both from absorption by other peoples and 
from "a- whoring after other gods". 

The Talmud was essentially the hostile answer to Christianity, the order-of-battle revised in the light of 
"the enemy's" new dispositions. The lay encyclopaedias (which in our generation have been made 
untrustworthy on subjects related to Judaism) disguise this fact from Gentile readers. The one now before 
me, for instance, says, "The Talmud has been attacked by Christians at times - quite unfairly - as anti- 
Christian". The insertion of two suggestive words by some partisan Scribe causes this volume to purvey 
demonstrable untruth and to convert a factual statement into a propagandist one. The attack on Christianity 
gave the Talmud its distinctive tone and is indeed the only new thing in the Talmud. Its other teaching 
remains that of Ezekiel and the Pharisees. 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia says, "It is the tendency of Jewish legends in the Talmud, the Midrash" (the 
sermons in the synagogues) "and in the Life of Jesus Christ (Toledoth Jeshud) that originated in the Middle Ages 
to belittle the person of Jesus by ascribing to him illegitimate birth, magic and a shameful death". He is 
generally alluded to as "that anonymous one", "liar", "impostor" or "bastard" (the attribution of bastardy is 
intended to bring him under The Law as stated in Deuteronomy 23.2: "A bastard shall not enter into the 
congregation of the Lord"). Mention of the name, Jesus, is prohibited in Jewish households. 

The work cited by the Jewish Encyclopaedia as having "originated in the Middle Ages" is not merely a 
discreditable memory of an ancient past, as that allusion might suggest; it is used in Hebrew schools today. It 
was a rabbinical production of the Talmudic era and repeated all the ritual of mockery of Calvary 
[90] itself in a different form. Jesus is depicted as the illegitimate son of Mary, a hairdresser's wife, and of a 
Roman soldier called Panthera. Jesus himself is referred to by a name which might be translated "Joey Virgo". 
He is shown as being taken by his stepfather to Egypt and there learning sorcery. 

The significant thing about this bogus life-story (the only information about Jesus which Jews were 
supposed to read) is that in it Jesus is not crucified by Romans. After his appearance in Jerusalem and his 
arrest there as an agitator and a sorcerer he is turned over to the Sanhedrin and spends forty days in the 
pillory before being stoned and hanged at the Feast of the Passover; this form of death exactly fulfils the Law 
laid down in Deuteronomy 21.22 and 17.5, whereas crucifixion would not have been in compliance with that 
Judaichaw. The book then states that in hell he suffers the torture of boiling mud. 

The Talmud also refers to Jesus as "Fool", "sorcerer", "profane person", "idolator", "dog", "child of 
lust" and the like more; the effect of this teaching, over a period of centuries, is shown by the book of the 
Spanish Jew Mose de Leon, republished in 1880, which speaks of Jesus as a "dead dog" that lies "buried in a 
dunghill". The original Hebrew texts of these Talmudic allusions appear in Laible's Jesus Christus im Talmud. 
This scholar says that during the period of the Talmudists hatred of Jesus became "the most national trait of 
Judaism", that "at the approach of Christianity the Jews were seized ever and again with a fury and hatred that 
were akin to madness", that "the hatred and scorn of the Jews was always directed in the first place against 
the person of Jesus" and that "the Jesus-hatred of the Jews is a firmly-established fact, but they want to show 
it as little as possible". 

This wish to conceal from the outer world that which was taught behind the Talmudic hedge led to the 
censoring of the above-quoted passages during the seventeenth century. Knowledge of the Talmud became 
fairly widespread then (it was frequently denounced by remonstrant Jews) and the embarrassment thus caused 
to the Talmudic elders led to the following edict (quoted in the original Hebrew and in translation by P.L.B. 
Drach, who was brought up in a Talmudic school and later became converted to Christianity): 

"This is why we enjoin you, under pain of excommunication major, to print nothing in future editions, 
whether of the Mshna or of the Gemara, which relates whether for good or evil to the acts of Jesus the 
Nazarene, and to substitute instead a circle like this: O, which will warn the rabbis and schoolmasters to teach 
the young these passages only viva voce. By means of this precaution the savants among the Nazarenes will 
have no further pretext to attack us on this subject" (decree of the Judaist Synod which met in Poland in 
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forbidden by Gentile governments, these passages, according to report, have been restored in the Hebrew 
editions of the Talmud). 

This vilification of the founder of another religion sets Judaism apart from 
[91] other creeds and the Talmud from other literature published in the name of religion. Muslims, Buddhists, 
Confucians, Christians and others do not hate other creeds or their founders as such. They are content to 
differ and to believe that the paths may one day meet, God deciding the meeting-point. 

For instance, the Koran describes Jesus as "strengthened with the Holy Spirit" and the Jews are 
reproached with rejecting "the Apostle of God", to whom was given "the Evangel with its guidance and 
light". Of his mother, the Koran says, "O Mary! verily hath God chosen thee and purified thee, and chosen 
thee above the women of the world", and, "Jesus, the son of Mary, illustrious in this world, and in the next, 
and one of those who have near access to God". 

The central message of the Talmud, the newest "new Law", is plain: it specifically extended the Law to 
apply to Christianity and left no doubt about the duty of a Jew towards it. 

Another motive for the new compendium was the problem created for the inner sect by the fact that 
the Gentiles had found much in the translated Torah that appealed to them (despite the obvious fact that it 
was lethally directed against them). The earlier Levitical scribes could not foresee that (because they could not 
foresee the translation itself). The ruling sect needed a new Law of its own, into which "stranger" eyes could 
not pry, and it needed to make the Jews understand that, though the heathen inexplicably had bound the 
racio-religious Law into the Christian Bible, this Law nevertheless still was the Law of the Jews alone, and 
inexorably in force. 

Thus the Talmud set out to widen the gap and heighten the barrier between the Jews and others. An 
example of the different language which the Torah spoke, for Jews and for Gentiles, has previously been 
given: the obscure and apparently harmless allusion to "a foolish nation" (Deuteronomy, 32.21). According to 
the article on Discrimination against Gentiles in the Jewish Encyclopaedia the allusion in the original Hebrew is to 
"vile and vicious Gentiles", so that Jew and Gentile received very different meanings from the same passage 
in the original and in the translation. The Talmud, however, which was to reach only Jewish eyes, removed 
any doubt that might have been caused in Jewish minds by perusal of the milder translation; it specifically 
related the passage in Deuteronomy to one in E^ekiel, 23.20, and by so doing defined Gentiles as those "whose 
flesh is as the flesh of asses and whose issue is like the issue of horses"! In this spirit was the, "interpretation" 
of The Law continued by the Talmudists. 

The Talmudic edicts were all to similar effect. The Law (the Talmud laid down) allowed the restoration 
of a lost article to its owner if "a brother or neighbour", but not if a Gentile. Book-burning (of Gentile 
books) was recommended (book-burning is a Talmudic invention, as the witch-hunt was prescribed by the 
Torah). The benediction, "Blessed be Thou . . . who has not made me a goi", was to be recited daily. Eclipses 
were of bad augury for Gentiles only. Rabbi Levi laid down that the injunction not to take revenge (Leviticus 
19.18) did not apply to 

[92] Gentiles, and apparently invoked Ecclesiastes 8.4 in support of his ruling (a discriminatory interpretation 
then being given to a passage in which the Gentile could not suspect any such intention). 

The Jew who sells to a Gentile landed property bordering on the land of another Jew is to be 
excommunicated. A Gentile cannot be trusted as witness in a criminal or civil suit because he could not be 
depended on to keep his word like a Jew. A Jew testifying in a petty Gentile court as a single witness against a 
Jew must be excommunicated. Adultery committed with a non-Jewish woman is not adultery "for the 
heathen have no lawfully wedded wife, they are not really their wives". The Gentiles are as such precluded 
from admission to a future world. 

Finally, the Talmudic interpretation of the original moral commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord 
thy God with all thine heart", is that "man shall occupy himself with the study of Holy Scripture and of the 
Mishna and have intercourse with learned and wise men". In other words, the man who best proves his love 
of God is he who studies the Talmud and shuns his Gentile fellow-man. 

An illustrative glimpse from our present time sometimes best shows the effect produced on human 
minds by centuries of Talmudic rule. In 1952 a Mr. Frank Chodorov published this anecdote: "One very cold 
night the rabbi tottered into our house in a pitiful condition; it took half a dozen glasses of boiling tea to thaw 
him out. He then told how a sympathetic goy had offered him a pair of gloves and why he had refused the 
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time, I believe, that I came smack up against the doctrine of the 'chosen people', and it struck me as stupid 
and mean". 

So much for the "hedge" which the Talmud set up between the Jews and mankind, and for the feeling 
of contempt and hatred for "strangers" which it set out to instil in the Jews. What did it do to the Jews 
themselves? Of this, the Jewish Encyclopaedia says, "The Talmudists made the Torah into a penal code" . For once, 
in this painstakingly accurate work, the meaning is not quite clear; the Torah already was a penal code (as 
perusal of it today will show), and its penalties had sometimes been applied (by Ezra and Nehemiah against 
the Jews; and for that matter by the Romans, at the behest of the Sanhedrin, against the "prophet and 
dreamer of dreams", Jesus). Possibly the meaning is that, under the Talmudists, the penal code was regularly 
enforced, and its provisions strengthened. 

That is certainly true; the rabbinical practice, previously cited, of "encouraging lynching as an extra- 
legal preventive", because they were not allowed by host-governments to pronounce death sentences, shows 
in how real a sense the Talmud could be applied as "a penal code". It was a very far cry from the few moral 
commandments of remote tradition to the multitudinous laws and regulations of the Talmud, which often 
forbade moral behaviour and assigned drastic punishments for "transgressions". Observance of these laws, 
not moral 

[93] behaviour, remained the basis. 

The Talmudic Law governed every imaginable action of a Jew's life anywhere in the world: marriage, 
divorce, property settlements, commercial transactions, down to the pettiest details of dress and toilet. As 
unforeseen things frequently crop in daily life, the question of what was legal or illegal (not what was right or 
wrong) in all manner of novel circumstances had incessantly to be debated, and this produced the immense 
records of rabbinical dispute and decisions in which the Talmud abounds. 

Was it as much a crime to crush a flea as to kill a camel on the sacred day? One learned rabbi allowed 
that the flea might be gently squeezed, and another thought its feet might even be cut off. How many white 
hairs might a sacrificial red cow have and yet remain a red cow? What sort of scabs required this or that ritual 
of purification? At which end of an animal should the operation of slaughter be performed? Ought the high 
priest to put on his shirt or his hose first? Methods of putting apostates to death were debated; they must be 
strangled, said the elders, until they opened their mouths, into which boiling lead must be poured. Thereon a 
pious rabbi urged that the victim's mouth be held open with pincers so that he not suffocate before the 
molten lead enter and consume his soul with his body. The word "pious" is here not sardonically used; this 
scholar sought to discover the precise intention of "the Law". 

Was Dr. Johnson acquainted with or ignorant of the Talmud; the subject might prove a fascinating one 
for a literary debating society. He gave one argument its quietus by declaring, "There is no settling the point 
of precedence between a louse and a flea". Precisely this point had been discussed, and settled, among the 
Talmudic scholars. Might a louse or a flea be killed on the Sabbath? The Talmudic reponse was that the first 
was allowed and the second was a deadly sin. 

"The Talmud became the unbreakable husk around a kernel determined to survive; it encased the heart 
of the Jew with a spirituality which though cold as ice was strong as steel to protect . . . The Talmud, which 
they carried with them everywhere, became their home", A home made of ice and steel, behedged and walled 
around, with all the windows stopped and the doors barred; the picture is Dr. Kastein 's. 

In this home the Jews, "owing to the acceptance of the idea of the Chosen People, and of salvation . . . 
could interpret everything that happened only from the standpoint of themselves as the centre". The planet swam in 
space, among the myriad stars, only to enthrone them on a mound of gold in a temple surrounded by heathen 
dead; "the Law raised an insuperable barrier against the outside world". 

No Jew, save a Talmudic scholar, could know all of this huge compendium. Probably no Gentile could 
gain access to an unedited version. A college of specialists and a lifetime of work would be needed to 
compare such translations 

[94] as have been made with the originals, if they were made available. Many students, until recently, found 
the lack of translations significant, but the present writer cannot see that this is important. Enough is known 
of the Talmud (and most of this from Jewish or converted-Jewish sources) for its nature to be clear, and 
nothing is gained by heaping proof endlessly on proof. Ample enlightenment can be obtained from the Jewish 
Encyclopaedia, the German translation of the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds (Zurich 1880 and Leipzig 
1889), William Ruben's Der alte und der neue Glaube im Judentum, Strack's Einleitung in den Talmud, Laible's Jesus 
Christus im Talmud, Drach's De I'Harmoni entre I'Eglise et la Synagogue, and Graetz's History of the Jews. 

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The Talmud is admittedly manmade. The Torah was attributed to the voice of Jehovah, recorded by 
Moses. This is of great significance. 

The reason for the difference is obvious: Mosaic manuscripts "hoary with the dust of ages" could not 
be indefinitely discovered. The scribes had to accept the responsibility, simply declaring that in doing so they 
used the absolute power of interpretation "orally" given to the first of their line. Thus they revealed the truth: 
that They, and none other, were God! 

Dr. Kastein was accurate in saying, "It was not God who willed these people and their meaning; it was 
this people who willed this God and this meaning", or he would have been accurate had he said, "these 
scribes" instead of "this people". The earlier generation of scribes had willed the revelation made in 
Deuteronomy; the later one willed the Talmudic God and demanded that "these people" accept the Talmud as a 
continuation of the revelation earlier "willed". 

When the Talmud was completed the question which the future had to answer was whether the central 
sect would succeed in imposing this New Law on the scattered Jews, as Ezra and Nehemiah, with Persian 
help, had inflicted the New Covenant on the Judahites in Jerusalem in 444 BC. 

They did succeed. In 1898, at the Second World Zionist Congress at Basel, a Zionist from Russia, Dr. 
Mandelstamm of Kieff, declared, "The Jews energetically reject the idea of fusion with other nationalities and 
cling firmly to their historical hope, i.e., of world empire". 

The Twentieth Century is witnessing the attempt to consummate that hope. Probably the institution of 
the ghetto chiefly helped the Talmudists to this success. 

In the Twentieth Century the masses have been misled to think of "the ghetto" as a kind of 
concentration camp for Jews set up by Gentile persecutors. The same operation on fact has been performed 
on the entire history of oppression in the West; in the Twentieth Century all else has been drained away until 
what remains is presented solely as "the Jewish persecution". 

The many persecutions of men during the last 1 900 years have involved the Jews in proportion to their 
numbers, so that their share of the total mass of suffering was small (in the most notorious case of the 
present century, that of 

[95] Russia, they were the oppressors, not the oppressed). I do not know if I should ever have elicited this 
fact, had not my own experience confronted me so sharply with it. 

The ghetto was not something inflicted on the Jews by the Gentiles. It was the logical product of the 
Talmudic Law, and derived directly from the experiment in Babylon. Dr. Kastein describes the Talmud as 
"the home" which the Jews took everywhere with them. However, for physical life they also needed four 
walls and a roof. The Talmud itself decreed that the Gentiles were not "neighbours" and that a Jew might not 
sell landed property adjoining that of a Jew to a Gentile. The express object of such provisions as these was 
the segregation of Jews from others and their isolation in ghettoes. 

The first ghetto was that which the Babylonian rulers allowed the Levites to set up in Babylon. The 
next was the Jerusalem around which Nehemiah, backed by the Persian king's soldiers, built new walls, 
wherefrom he drove out all non-Judahites. From those models the European ghetto took its shape. This 
institution is probably the most onerous part of the modern Jew's spiritual inheritance: 

"The ghetto, friend, the ghetto, where all hopes at birth decay". 

Jews who never saw a ghetto carry a half-conscious memory of it within them like a haunting fear, yet 
it was essentially a Talmudist conception, to which their ancestors surrendered. It was the perfect means of 
corralling a scattered congregation, imprisoning people's minds, and wielding power over them. 

The demand for a ghetto often came from the Talmudists (that is to say, outside Poland, where all 
Jewish life, of course, was ghetto-life). The modern suggestion that the ghetto signified inferiority is part of 
the legend of "persecution", which is chiefly meant to intimidate Jews, so that they shall always fear to 
venture outside the fold; today's myth of "antisemitism" is intended to produce the same effect on them. 

In ancient Alexandria (the New York of its day) and in medieval Cairo and Cordova the Jewish 
quarters were established at the insistence of the rabbis, intent on keeping their flock isolated from others. In 
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ghetto law was enacted throughout Portugal. The erection of the ghetto walls in Verona and Mantua was for 
centuries celebrated annually by the Jews there in a festival of victory (Purim). The ghettoes of Russia and 
Poland were an essential and integral part of theTalmudic organization and any attempt to abolish them 
would have been denounced as persecution. 

When the Roman ghetto was destroyed at Mussolini's order in the early 1930's the Jewish press (as Mr. 
Bernard J. Brown records) lamented the event in such words as these: 

"One of the most unique phenomena of Jewish life in Goluth is gone. Where but a few months ago a 
vibrant Jewish life was pulsating, there now remains a few 

[96] half-destroyed buildings as the last vestige of the quondam ghetto. It has fallen victim to the Fascist 
passion for beauty and under Mussolini's order the ghetto has been razed. . ." . 

The implication of this is that the razing of the ghetto was "Fascism", just as the original creation of 
ghettoes (at Jewish demand) is presented as persecution by the Zionist historians of today. 

With emancipation the ghetto disappeared; its maintenance would too blatantly have shown that the 
rulers of Jewry had no true intention of sharing in emancipation on an equal basis. 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia recorded in its 1903 edition that "in the whole civilized world there is now not 
a single ghetto, in the original meaning of the word: The qualification is important, because in many places and 
ways the Jews continue the closed-community life, though without the identifying walls, and the law 
forbidding the sale of neighbour-land to Gentiles, without permission, has not lapsed (to give one instance, 
illustrative to those who know the city: in Montreal an entire district east of the Mountain has by such 
methods been made almost as solidly Jewish as if it were a ghetto). 

The decline of the ghetto, during the century of emancipation, was a blow to the main prop of 
Talmudic power. A substitute had to be found unless the ghetto-spirit (as distinct from the physical ghetto) 
was to disintegrate altogether, and one was found in Zionism, which is the new method devised to re-corral 
the communities: 

"There are many who desire greater control over Jews by Jews, and who resent the dissolution of this control 
in Russia, where once a ghetto made such control easy and absolute" (Rabbi Elmer Berger). "Only the 
intellectually blind can fail to note that the promotion of group life, centered around ancient religious 
traditions and cultures, is a return to the ghetto, . . There can be no glory in a group of people striving to perpetuate 
ghetto life . . . Even a cursory reading of history shows that the Jew built his own ghettoes" (Mr. Bernard J. Brown). 

Zionism is the true revival of Talmudic ghettoism, as these two Jewish authorities state. It is designed 
to undo the work of emancipation, to re-segregate the Jews, and to reimpose the creed of "severance" on 
them in full force. The chauvinist appeal of conquest and empire in the Middle East is being used to disguise 
this true meaning of the process. 

The direction in which Jews were moving before Zionism set out to recapture them may be seen in 
this quotation from the article on The Attitude of Modem Judaism in the Jewish Encyclopaedia, 1916: 

"Modern Judaism as inculcated in the catechism and explained in the declarations of the various 
rabbinical conferences, and as interpreted in the sermons of modern rabbis, is founded on the recognition of 
the unity of the human races; the law of righteousness and truth being supreme over all men, without 
distinction of race, or creed, and its fulfilment being possible for all. 


Righteousness is not conditioned by birth. The Gentiles may attain unto as perfect a righteousness as 
the Jews ... In the modern synagogues, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour like thyself (Leviticus 29) signified 
every human being". 

Much has changed since 1916, and in 1955 these words are but the picture of what might have been. 
No doubt individual rabbis continue to "interpret their sermons" in this sense, but unless they are of the stuff 
of which heroes and martyrs are made they cannot long defy their congregations, and these have been taken 
back centuries by the appeal of Zionism. 

The Zionists have gained political control over Gentile governments and the Jewish masses alike, so 
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its Pharisaic and Talmudic interpretations, in full force. Their actions towards others in the past have been 
and in the future will be guided by that, and not by what "the attitude of modern Judaism" was in 1916. 

The great change came in the year, 1917, which followed the publication of the words quoted above. 
The tradition of the Talmud and the ghettoes was still too strong, among the masses of Jewry, for "the 
attitude of modern Judaism" to prevail over the fanatical elders who then appeared. 

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Chapter 16 


The Talmudic regime in the close confinement of the ghettoes was in its nature essentially rule by 
terror, and employed the recognizable methods of terror: spies-on-spies, informers, denunciants, cursing and 
excommunication, and death. The secret-police and concentration-camp regime of the Communist era 
evidently took its nature from this model, which was familiar to its Talmudic organizers. 

During the many centuries of Talmudist government the terror, and the dogma which it enclosed, 
produced two significant results. These were recurrent Messianic outbursts, which expressed the captives' 
longing to escape the terror; and recurrent protests against the dogma, from the Jews themselves. 

These were latterday symptoms of the feeling expressed on the ancient day when "the people wept" at 
the reading of The Law. The Talmud forbade the Jew almost every activity other than the amassing of money 
("they only conceded just enough to the people about them to make their economic activities possible"; Dr. 
Kastein) and the study of the Talmud ("whenever the Law could not be unequivocally applied to the relations 
of life, they endeavoured to discover its interpretation"). 

The energies of the people were directed to spinning ever more tightly about themselves the net in 
which they were enmeshed: "They not only set a hedge about the Law, but, by cutting themselves off more 
definitely than ever from the outside world, and by binding themselves more exclusively to a given circle of 
laws, they set a hedge about themselves". With every breath they drew and movement they made, they had to 
ask themselves, "Does the Talmud allow or forbid this", and the ruling sect decided. 

Even the most docile in time questioned the credentials of such a Law, asking "Can it be really true 
that every new edict and ban derives from God's revelation at Sinai?" That was their rulers' claim: "according 
to the Jewish view God had given Moses on Mount Sinai alike the oral and written Law, that is, the Law with 
all its interpretations and applications" , says Mr. Alfred Edersheim. The people submitted to, but could not always 
inwardly accept so obviously political a claim, and this inner rebellion against something outwardly professed 
often led to strange happenings. 

For instance, a Portuguese Marrano (a converted, or sometimes a secret Jew) called Uriel da Costa was 
once reconverted to Judaism, and then became appalled by the Talmud. In 1616, at Hamburg, he published 
his Thesis against Tradition in which he attacked "the Pharisees", charging that the Talmudic laws were their 
creation and not of any divine origin. The treatise was addressed to the Jews of Venice and the rabbi there, 
one Leo Modena, thereon by command pronounced the dreaded "Ban" on da Costa. At Rabbi Modena's 
death papers found among his effects showed that he had held exactly the same view as da Costa, but had not 
dared to declare that for which he excommunicated da Costa. 


As a Communist Leo Modena would be a familiar figure in our own century. In effect, he sentenced to 
death the man whose beliefs he shared. Da Costa returned to the attack in 1 624 with his Test of the Pharisaical 
Tradition by Comparing it with the Written Taw. The Talmudists of Amsterdam, where da Costa then was, 
denounced him to the Dutch courts on the ground that his treatise was subversive of the Christian faith, and it 
was burned at the order of these Gentile authorities, who thus carried out the Talmudic Law! 

This act of Gentile submission to the ruling sect recurs through all history from the time of Babylon to 
the present day. Da Costa was literally hounded to death and in 1640 shot himself. 

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Jewish history shows many such episodes. The student of this subject walks with terror as he turns its 
pages. The "Great Ban" was in effect a death sentence, and was so intended. It called down on the victim the 
"cursings" enumerated in Deuteronomy, and cursing was (and by the literal devotees of this sect still is) held to 
be literally effective. 

The article on "Cursing" in the Jewish Encyclopaedia says, "Talmudic literature betrays a belief, amounting 
to downright superstition, in the mere power of the word . . . Not only is a curse uttered by a scholar unfailing even if 
undeserved . . . Scholars cursed sometimes not only with their mouths, but by an angry, fixed look. The unfailing 
consequence of such a look was either immediate death or poverty". 

This is recognizably the practice known today as "the evil eye", of which my encyclopaedia says, "This 
superstition is of ancient date, and is met with among almost all races, as it is among illiterate people and 
savages still". The Jewish Enyclopaedia shows that it is a prescribed legal penalty under the Judaic Law, for this 
same authority (as earlier quoted) states that "even the Bible" is secondary to the Talmud. Moreover, Mr. 
M.L. Rodkinson, the scholar who was selected to make an English translation of the Talmud, says that "not a 
single line" of the Talmud has been modified. For that matter, the Talmud, in this case, only carries on the 
law of cursing as earlier laid down, by the Levites, in Deuteronomy. 

The practice of cursing and of the evil eye, therefore, is still part of "The Law", as the quotations given 
above show. (The student may find a present-day example of the Talmudic "angry, fixed look" in operation if 
he refer to Mr. Whittaker Chambers's description of his confrontation with the attorneys of Mr. Alger Hiss; 
and the student may form his own opinion of the fact that soon afterwards Mr. Chambers felt himself driven 
to commit suicide, failing in this attempt only through a chance). 

Thus excommunication was a deadly thing. Mr. Rodkinson makes this remarkable reference to it: 

"We can conceive their" (the Talmudic rabbinate's) "terrible vengeance against an ordinary man or 
scholar who ventured to express opinions in any degree at variance with their own, or to transgress the Sabbath 
by carrying a 

[100] handkerchief or drinking of Gentile wine, which in their opinion is against the law. Who, then, could 
resist their terrible weapon of excommunication, which they used for the purpose of making a man a ravening wolf 
whom every human being fled from and shunned as the plague-smitten? Many who drank of this bitter cup were driven to the 
grave and many others went mad". 

This fate befell some of the great remonstrants. Moses Maimonides (born at the Talmudic centre, 
Cordova, in 1135) drew up a famous code of the principles of Judaism and wrote, "It is forbidden to defraud 
or deceive any person in business. Judaist and non-Judaist are to be treated alike . . . What some people imagine, that it is 
permissible to cheat a Gentile, is an error, and based on ignorance . . . Deception, duplicity, cheating and circumvention 
towards a Gentile are despicable to the Almighty, as 'all that do unrighteously are an abomination unto the 
Lord thy God'". 

The Talmudists denounced Maimonides to the Inquisition, saying, "Behold, there are among us heretics 
and infidels, for they were seduced by Moses Ben Maimonides. . . you who clear your community of heretics, 
clear ours too". At this behest his books were burned in Paris and Montpellier, the book-burning edict of the 
Talmudic law thus being fulfilled. On his grave the words were incised, "Here lies an excommunicated Jew". 

The Inquisition, like the Gentile rulers of the earlier period and the Gentile politicians of our day, 
often did the bidding of the inveterate sect. The falsification of history, insofar as it relates to this particular 
subject, has left the impression on Gentile minds that the Inquisition was primarily an instrument of "the 
Jewish persecution". 

Dr. Kastein's presentation is typical: he says the Inquisition persecuted "heretics and peoples of alien 
creeds" and then adds, "that is to say, principally Jews", and from that point on he conveys the impression of a 
solely Jewish persecution. (In the same way, in our century, Hitler's persecution was through four stages of 
propagandist misrepresentation transformed from one of "political opponents" into one of "political 
opponents and Jews", then of "Jews and political opponents", and last, "of Jews"). 

The Inquisition sometimes burned the Talmud; it would have done better to translate and publish the 
significant parts, and that would still be wise. However, it also burned remonstrances against the Talmud, at 
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Dominican Nicholas Donin, in Paris, and nothing was done, but in 1232, at the denunciation of the 
Talmudists, it had ordered the anti-Talmudic work of Maimonides to be publicly burned! 

Another great expostulant against the Talmud was Baruch Spinoza, born at Amsterdam in 1632. The 
ban pronounced on him by the Amsterdam rabbinate derives directly from the "cursings" of Deuteronomy: 

"By the sentence of the angels, by the decree of the saints, we anathematise, cut 
[101] off, curse and execrate Baruch Spinoza, in the presence of these sacred books with the six hundred and 
thirteen precepts which are written therein, with the anathema wherewith Joshua anathematized Jericho; with 
the cursing wherewith Elisha cursed the children; and with all the cursings which are written in the Torah; cursed be 
he by day and cursed by night; cursed when he goeth out, and cursed when he cometh in; the Lord pardon 
him never; the wrath and fury of the Lord burn upon this man; and bring upon him all the curses which are 
written in the Torah. The Lord blot out his name under the heaven. The Lord set him apart for destruction 
from all the tribes of Israel, with all the curses of the firmament which are written in the Torah. There shall 
be no man to speak to him, no man write to him, no man show him any kindness, no man stay under the 
same roof with him, no man come nigh unto him". 

Spinoza was banished from Amsterdam and exposed to "a persecution which threatened his life", as 
one encyclopaedia puts it. In fact it took his life, in the way depicted by Mr. Rodkinson (as previously 
quoted). Shunned and destitute, he died at forty-four in a Gentile city, far from the centre of Talmudic 
government but not far enough to save him. 

Two hundred years later, during the century of emancipation, Moses Mendelssohn proclaimed the 
heresy that Jews, while retaining their faith, ought to become integrated with their fellow men. That meant 
breaking free from the Talmud and returning to the ancient religious idea of which the Israelite remonstrants 
had glimpses. His guiding thought was, "Oh, my brethren, follow the example of love, as you have till now 
followed that of hatred". Mendelssohn had grown up in the study of the Talmud. He prepared for his children 
a German translation of the Bible, which he then published for general use among Jews. 

The Talmudic rabbinate, declaring that "the Jewish youth would learn the German language from 
Mendelssohn's translation, more than an understanding of the Torah", put it under ban: "All true to Judaism 
are for bidden under penalty of excommunication to use the translation". They then had the translation 
publicly burned in Berlin. 

The great remonstrants of Judaism always stirred Jewry, but always failed; the ruling sect always 
prevailed. There were two reasons for this: the invariable support given by Gentile governments to the 
dominant sect and its dogma, and an element of self-surrender among the Jewish masses. In this the Jewish 
mass, or mob, was not different from all mobs, or masses, at all periods in history. The mass passively 
submitted to the revolution in France, to Communism in Russia, to National Socialism in Germany, its inertia 
being greater than any will to resist or the fear of ensuing danger. So it has always been with the Jews and the 
Talmudic terror. 

In our century remonstrant Jews affirmed, too soon, that the terror was no longer potent. In 1933 Mr. 
Bernard J. Brown wrote, "The bite of excommunication has lost its sting. . . The rabbis and the priests have 
lost their grip on human 

[102] thought and men are free to believe as they please without let or hindrance"; and in 1946 Rabbi Elmer 
Berger said, "The average Jew is no longer subject to the punishment of excommunication". 

Both were premature. The years which followed these statements show that the paramount sect was 
still able to enforce the submission of Jews throughout the world. 

Nevertheless, the fierceness of the Talmudic rule, within the ghettoes, often produced a weeping, 
groaning and rattling of chains. This caused the Talmudists enough concern for them to introduce what 
seemed to be a mitigation. In about 900 AD "discussion about the Talmud and religious dogma became 
allowable" (Dr. Kastein). On the face of it this appeared to be in itself a reversion of the dogma, whereunder 
no dot or comma of any rabbinical ruling might be called in question, or any doubt expressed about the 
derivation from Mount Sinai. 

Genuine debate would have let fresh air into the ghettoes, but if any intention to allow that had 
existed, Maimonides and Spinoza need never have been persecuted. What was actually permitted in the 
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Law. The disputants were merely allowed to prove that anything was legal under the Talmud; one debater 
would state a proposition and another the contrary, each demonstrating that The Law allowed it! 

This practice (the brothers Thoreau give glimpses of it in their books) was called "pilpulism". It gives 
the key to a mystery which often baffles Gentiles: the agility with which Zionists are often able to justify, in 
themselves, precisely what they reproach in others. A polemist trained in pilpulism would have no difficulty 
in showing the Judaic law ordaining the enslavement of household Gentiles to be righteous and the Roman 
ban on the enslavement of Christians by Jewish masters to be "persecution"; the Judaic ban on intermarriage 
to be "voluntary separation" and any Gentile counter-ban to be "discrimination based in prejudice" (Dr. 
Kastein's terms); a massacre of Arabs to be rightful under The Law and a massacre of Jews to be wrongful 
under any law. 

An example of pilpulism is provided by Dr. Kastein's own description of pilpulism: "A species of 
spiritual gymnastics which is frequently practised where men's intellects, menaced with suffocation by the pressure of 
the outside world, find no outlet for creative expression in real life". 

The italicised words are the pilpulist's suggestive interjection; these debaters were stifled by pressure 
from within their communities, not from "the outside world" (which their Law excluded). 

These pilpulist "discussions of the Talmud" may have given the closed communities a slight, and 
illusory, sense of participation in the despotism that ruled them (like the vote, which may be cast only for one 
party, in today's dictatorship states). Their real yearning, to escape from their captivity, found its outlet in the 
Messianic outbreaks; possibly the permission to "discuss the 
[103] Talmud" was granted in the hope of checking these. 

Ever and again the cry went up from the communities, held fast within the tribal palisade, "We are 
doing all the statutes and judgments; now give us the promised, miraculous End!" Thus the series of Messiahs 
appeared, and each time whipped the communities into a frenzy of anticipation. They were always denounced 
as "false Messiahs" (they had to be so denounced, as the ruling sect could not effect the triumphant 
enthronement in Jerusalem which The Law promised), and the people in the ghettoes fell back into hope 

Early Messiahs were Abu Isa of Ispahan in the seventh, Zonarias of Syria in the eighth, and Saadya ben 
Joseph in the tenth century. The most famous of all was Sabbatai Zevi of Smyrna, who in 1648 proclaimed 
that the Millennium was at hand by pronouncing the dread name of God in the Synagogue, whereon the Ban 
was put on him and "to escape its effects" he fled, and stayed away for many years. However, his effect on 
the Jewish communities, pining for the promised End, was immense. They agreed that he was the Messiah; so 
that he returned to Smyrna in 1665 in defiance of the Talmudists, who in him perceived the greatest threat to 
their authority in many centuries. 

Sabbatai Zevi next declared himself to be the Messiah. The desire to exchange the chains of the Talmud 
for the triumphant fulfilment in Jerusalem was so great that the congregation in Smyrna, followed by the 
Jewish masses all over the world, brushed aside the Talmudists' ban and acclaimed him. He then proclaimed 
that 1666 was to be the Messianic year, distributed the crowns of the world among his friends, and set out for 
Constantinople to dethrone the Sultan of Turkey (then ruler of Palestine). Jews everywhere began to sell their 
businesses, homes and chattels in preparation for "the return" and the day of world dominion. In London (as 
Samuel Pepys recorded in February 1666) bets were made among Jews on the prospects of his being 
acclaimed "King of the World and the true Messiah". 

As was to be expected, he was arrested when he reached Constantinople and cast in jail. This merely 
increased his renown and following; the prison was besieged by clamorous throngs, so that he was removed 
to a fortress in Gallipoli, which in turn was transformed into a royal residence by gifts from Jews. Mass- 
emotions were fully aroused; in the imagination of a scattered nation, long isolated from mankind, he was the 
King of the World, come to liberate them by setting them over all mankind. 

At that instant Sabbatai Zevi had done exactly what the elders of the sect them selves had done: he had 
promised what he could not fulfil (this is the basic flaw in the creed, which must eventually destroy it). Unlike 
the wary elders, he had set himself a time limit: the last day of the year 1666! As the year approached its end 
(and the Talmudic government in Poland, now sure of the outcome, through an emissary denounced him to 
the Sultan as "a false Messiah"), he decided, in his prison-palace, to save himself. With great ceremony he had 
[104] himself converted to Islam and ended his days at the Sultan's court, like any present-day Zionist in New 
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followers. A tiny remnant of them survive to this day; they believe that Sabbatai will return and that his 
example must be copied, including conversion to Islam. 

Zionism in our time is recognisably a new form of Messianism, leading to the same inevitable 
disappointment. After the passing of Sabbatai Zevi, and the hope they had put in him, the Jewish masses 
relapsed into the captivity of the ghettoes. Deprived of the hope of liberation, they reverted, beneath the 
stern gaze of their masters, to the study of The Law and its destructive message. They were being prepared 
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Chapter 17 


The study of hundreds of volumes, during many years, gradually brought realization that the essential 
truth of the story of Zion is all summed-up in Mr. Maurice Samuel's twenty-one words: "We Jews, the 
destroyers, will remain the destroyer forever . . . nothing that the Gentiles will do will meet our needs and 

At first hearing they sound vainglorious or neurotic, but increasing knowledge of the subject shows 
them to be honestly meant and carefully chosen. They mean that a man who is born and continues a Jew 
acquires a destructive mission which he cannot elude. If he deviates from this "Law" he is not a good Jew, in 
the eyes of the elders; if he wishes or is compelled to be a good Jew, he must conform to it. 

This is the reason why the part played by those who directed "the Jews" in history was bound to be a 
destructive one; and in our generation of the Twentieth Century the destructive mission has attained its 
greatest force, with results which cannot even yet be fully foreseen. 

This is not an opinion of the present writer. Zionist scribes, apostate rabbis and Gentile historians agree 
about the destructive purpose; it is not in dispute among serious students and is probably the only point on 
which agreement is unanimous. 

All history is presented to the Jew in these terms: that destruction is the condition of the fulfilment of 
the Judaic Law and of the ultimate Jewish triumph. 

"All history" means different things to the Jew and the Gentile. To the Gentile it means, 
approximately, the annals of the Christian era and any that extend further back before they begin to fade into 
legend and myth. 

To the Jew it means the record of events given in the Torah-Talmud and the rabbinical sermons, and 
this reaches back to 3760 BC, the exact date of the Creation. The Law and "history" are the same, and there 
is only Jewish history; this narrative unfolds itself before his eyes exclusively as a tale of destructive 
achievement and of Jewish vengeance, in the present time as three thousand or more years ago. 

By this method of portrayal the whole picture of other nations' lives collapses into almost nothing, like 
the bamboo-and-paper framework of a Chinese lantern. It is salutary for the Gentile to contemplate his 
world, past and present, through these eyes and to find that what he always thought to be significant, worthy 
of pride, or shameful, does not even exist, save as a blurred background to the story of Zion. It is like looking 
at himself through the wrong end of a telescope with one eye and at Judah through a magnifying glass with 
the other. 

To the literal Jew the world is still flat and Judah, its inheritant, is the centre of the universe. The ruling 
sect has been able, in great measure, to impose this theory of life on the great nations of the West, as it 
originally inflicted The Law on the Judahites themselves. 

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The command, "destroy", forms the very basis of the Law which the Levites made. If it be deleted, 
what remains is not "the Mosaic Law", or the same religion, but something different; the imperative, 
"destroy", is the mark of identity. It must have been deliberately chosen. Many other words could have been 
used; for instance, conquer, defeat, vanquish, subdue; but destroy was chosen, It was put in the mouth of God, 
but obviously was the choice of the scribes. 

This was the kind of perversion which Jesus attacked: "teaching for doctrine the commandments of men" . 

It comes first at the very start of the story, being attributed direcdy to God in the original promise of 
the promised land: "I will . . . destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come". Even before that the first act 
of destruction has been imputed to God, in the form of the first "vengeance" on the heathen: "I will stretch 
out my hand and smite Egypt. . . I will smite all the first born in the land of Egypt . . . And Pharaoh's servants 
said unto him . . . knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?" (Exodus) 

From that beginning the teaching, "destroy", runs through all The Law, first, and all the portrayal of 
historical events, next. The act of destruction is sometimes the subject of a bargain between God and the 
chosen people, on an "If and "Then" basis; either God offers to destroy, or the chosen people ask him to 
destroy. In each case the act of destruction is depicted as something so meritorious that it demands a high 
equivalent service. Thus: 

"If thou shalt indeed. . . do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies . . . and will destroy 
all the people to whom thou shalt come" (Exodus). (In this case God is quoted as promising destruction in 
return for "observance"; chief among the "statutes and judgments" to be observed is, "Ye shall utterly destroy 
all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served other Gods"; Deuteronomy). 

Conversely: "And Israel vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people 
into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities; And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and 
delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities" (Numbers). 

As will be seen, the bargain about "destruction" is conditional, in both cases, on performance of a 
counter-service by the people or by God. 

The command, "utterly destroy", being high among the tenets of the inflexible Law, any exercise of 
clemency, or other shortcoming in utter destruction, is a grave legal offence, not merely an error of judgment. 
For this very crime (under this Law it is a crime, not a misdemeanour) Saul, the first and only true king of the 
united kingdom of Israel and Judah, was dethroned by the priests and David, the man of Judah, put in his 
place. This reason for David's elevation is significant, as the "king of the world", yet to come, is to be of the 
house of David. The same lesson is repeatedly driven home in the books of The Law, particularly by the 
[107] allegorical massacre of the Midianites which concludes Moses's narrative ( Numbers). 

This was the basis on which all The Law, and all history of that time and later times, was built. From 
the moment when Israel rejected them and they were left alone with the Levites, the Judahites were ruled by a 
priesthood which avowed that destruction was Jehovah's chief command and that they were divinely chosen 
to destroy. Thus they became the only people in history specifically dedicated to destruction as such. 
Destruction as an attendant result of war is a familiar feature of all human history. Destruction as an avowed 
purpose was never before known and the only discoverable source of this unique idea is the Torah-Talmud. 

The intention clearly was to organize a destructive force; therein lies the great truth of Mr. Samuel's 
words in our time. 

As long as any large body of people, distributed among the nations, submitted to such a Law their 
energies, wherever they were, were bound to be directed to a destructive end. Out of the experience of 458- 
444 BC, when the Levites with Persian help clamped down their law on a weeping people, the nation was 
born which ever since has performed its catalytic function of changing surrounding societies while remaining 
itself unchanged. 

The Jews became the universal catalyst, and the changes they produced were destructive. This process 
caused much tribulation to the Gentiles (which they brought on themselves by their sentience to the ruling 
sect) and no true gratification to the Jews (who inherited a melancholy mission). 

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The Gentiles have survived and will survive; despite the Daniels and Mordecais. and their latterday 
successors, the "full end" of those nations "whither I have driven thee" is further off than ever. 

The Law specifically enjoined the chosen people to ruin other peoples among whom Jehovah 
"scattered" them as punishment for their own "transgressions". 

For instance, Exodus cannot be regarded as more than a legend which received a priestly re-editing in 
Jerusalem and Babylon many centuries after any time at which anything resembling the events described in it 
could have occurred. Therefore the scribes had no need to attribute to the Egyptians fear of the destructive 
purpose nursed by the sojourners in their midst. If they did this, in the very first chapter of Exodus, ("Come, 
let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they 
join also unto our enemies and fight against us, . . ") it was evidently to fix the idea of this destructive mission in the 
minds of the people over whom they ruled. 

Here the idea that "the people" should join with their hosts' enemies, in order to destroy their hosts, 
first appears. When the story reaches a more or less verifiable event (the fall of Babylon) it is portrayed in 
such a way as to foster this same notion. The Judahites are depicted as joining with the enemies of Babylon 
and exultantly welcoming the Persian invader. The destruction of Babylon is 

[108] shown as an act of vengeance wreaked by Jehovah on behalf of the Judahites, exclusively; this 
vengeance is extended also to a king and the manner of his death (both apparently invented, but valid as 
historical precedents). 

The presentation of history in the Old Testament ends with the next act of vengeance, on the Persian 
liberators! Western political leaders of our century, who often were flattered to be compared by Zionist 
visitors to good King Cyrus of Persia, the liberator of the Judahites, may not have read "The Law" with 
attention or have noted what then befell the Persians. Logically the Persians in their turn had to suffer for 
having Judahites among them. 

For the purpose of this allegorical anecdote, a symbolic heathen "persecutor", Haman, was created, 
who advised the Persian king Ahasuerus: "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the 
peoples in all the provinces of thy kingdom and their laws are diverse from those of every people; neither 
keep they the king's laws; therefore it profiteth not the king to suffer them" {Esther J). Thus far, Haman's 
words are not much different from the opinion which any statesman might, and many statesmen through the 
centuries until our day did, proffer in respect of the "severed" people and their unique Law. But then, 
according to Esther, Haman adds, "If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed ", and king 
Ahasuerus gives the order. (Haman has to speak so, and king Ahasuerus to act so, in order that the ensuing 
Jewish vengeance may come about.) Letters go out to all provincial governors that all Jews are to be killed in 
one day, "even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month". 

The later scribes who composed the book of Esther apparently wished to vary the theme of the 
powerful J udahite at the court of the foreign king, and conceived the character of Esther the secret Jewess, 
the favourite concubine of the Persian king who was raised to be his consort. At Esther's intercession the 
king cancels the order and has Haman and his ten sons hanged on gallows which Haman had built for 
Mordecai the Jew (Esther's cousin and guardian). The king also gives Mordecai carte blanche, whereon 
Mordecai instructs the governors of the "hundred twenty and seven provinces" from India unto Ethiopia to 
have the Jews in every city "gather themselves together and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to 
cause to perish all the power of the people . . . both little ones and women . . ." 

This countermanding decree being published, "the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day" 
and (a detail of interest) "many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon 

Then, on the appointed day, the Jews "smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and 
slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them, slaying of their foes "seventy 
and five thousand". Mordecai then ordered that the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month Adar should 
in future be kept as "days of feasting and joy", and so it has been, ever since. 


Apparently Haman, Mordecai and Esther were all imaginary. No "king Ahasuerus" historically exists, 
though one encyclopaedia (possibly from the wish to breathe life into the veins of the parables) says that 
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soldiers with Nehemiah to Jerusalem to enforce the racial "New Covenant", and in that event, again, 
Artaxerxes so acted after witnessing in his own country a massacre of 75,000 Persian subjects by Jews! 

No historical basis for the story can be discovered and it has all the marks of chauvinist propaganda. 

The perplexing fact remains that, if it was invented, it could be true in every detail today, when The 
Law founded on such anecdotes has been imposed on The West. Today people cannot "become Jews" (or 
very rarely), but a familiar picture of our time is conveyed in the words, "many of the people of the land 
became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them"; in our generation they become "Zionist sympathizers" 
from the same motive. 

How faithful a portrait of the 20th Century politician in Washington or London is given in the passage, 
"and all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the 
Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them". If neither king Ahasuerus nor "Mordecai sitting in the 
king's gate" truly lived in 550 BC, nevertheless Mordecai in our century is real and powerful and two 
generations of public men have administered their offices from fear of him more than from care of their 
peoples' interest. 

It is our today which makes this remote, implausible yesterday so plausible. On the face of it, 
Belshazzar and Daniel, Ahasuerus and Mordecai seem to be symbolic figures, created for the purpose of the 
Levitical political programme, not men who once lived. But. . . the massacre of the Czar and his family, in our 
century, was carried out according to verse 30, chapter 5 of Daniel: the hanging of the Nazi leaders followed 
the precept laid down in verses 6 and 10, chapter 7, and verses 13 and 14, chapter 9, of Esther, 

Whether these anecdotes were fact or fable, they have become The Law of our century. The most 
joyful festivals of the Jewish year commemorate the ancient legends of destruction and vengeance on which 
The Law is based: the slaying of "all the firstborn of Egypt", and Mordecai's massacre. 

Perhaps, then, it is even true that within fifty years of their conquest by Babylon the Jews brought 
about the destruction of that kingdom by Persia; and that within fifty years of their liberation by the Persian 
king they had in turn possessed themselves of the Persian kingdom, to such an extent that the king's 
governors "from India to Ethiopia" from fear of the Jews carried out a pogrom of 75,000 people, and that 
the death "accursed of God" was inflicted on some selected "enemies". In that case the Persian liberator fared 
rather worse at the captives' hands than the Babylonian captor, earlier. 


As this tale goes along, with its inevitable allusions to "the Jews", it is important to remember that 
there have always been two minds in Judaism, and quotations from our time serve to illustrate this. 

A Chicago rabbi, Mr. Solomon B. Freehof, quoted by Mr. Bernard J. Brown, considered the story of 
Haman, Mordecai and Esther to be "the essence of all the history of the Jewish people"; whereas Mr. Brown 
himself (also of Chicago) says the celebration of Purim ought to be discontinued and forgotten, being in the 
present time "a travesty" even of "the festivals which were so disgusting" to the Israelite prophets. (Purim 
had not been invented when Isaiah and Hosea made their impassioned protests against the "appointed 
seasons" and "feast days"). 

Mr. Brown wrote in 1933 and the event of 1946, when the Nazi leaders were hanged on a Jewish feast 
day, showed that his remonstrance was as vain as the ancient remonstrances cited by him. In 1946, as twenty- 
seven centuries earlier, the view expressed by Rabbi Freehof prevailed. The essential features of the event 
commemorated by Purim are those which invariably recur in earlier and later stages of the story of Zion: the 
use of a Gentile ruler to destroy Gentiles and give effect to the Judaic vengeance. 

From the time of Mordecai, as the Old Testament provides no more history, the student must turn to 
Judaist authorities to learn whether later events also were presented to Jews in the same light; namely, as a 
series of Jewish ordeals suffered at the hands of "the heathen", each leading to the ruination of the heathen 
nation concerned and to a Judaic vengeance. 

This research leads to the conclusion that all history, to the present time, is so seen by the elders of the 
sect and so presented to the Jewish masses. In the same way that Egypt, Babylon and Persia, in the Old 
Testament, exist only insofar as they capture, oppress or otherwise behave towards Jews, who are then 
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and all subsequent empires have life and being, in this depictment, only to the extent that the behaviour of 
Jews towards them or their behaviour towards Jews gives them existence. 

After Babylon and Persia, the next nation to feel the impact of the catalytic force was Egypt. The 
Jewish community in Alexandria (which had been large even before its reinforcement by fugitives from the 
Babylonian invasion) was at this period the largest single body of Jews in the known world; Egypt was in that 
respect in the position of Russia before the 1914-1918 war and of the United States today. The attitude of the 
Jews, or at all events of the elders, towards the Egyptians was the same as their earlier attitude towards the 
Persians and Babylonians. 

Dr. Kastein says, first, that Egypt was "the historic refuge" for Jews, which sounds like a grateful 
tribute until subsequent words show that "a refuge" is a place to be destroyed. He describes the feeling of the 
Jews towards the Egyptians in words very similar to those concerning the Jews which Exodus attributes to the 
[111] Egyptians in respect of the earlier "captivity". He says, the Jews in Egypt "constituted a closed 
community . . . they led a secluded life and built their own temples . . . the Egyptians felt that the religious 
exclusiveness of the Jews showed that they despised and spurned their own form of faith". He adds that the 
Jews "naturally" upheld the Persian cause because Persia had formerly "helped them restore Judah. 

Thus the fact that Egypt had given shelter, and was "the historic refuge" did not entitle Egypt to any 
gratitude or loyalty. Hostility to the host-people took the form of support for the Egyptians' enemy and 
therefore awoke Egyptian suspicion: "Other causes of hostility were the determination Shown by the Jews 
not to become assimilated with the people about them or identify themselves with the country of their adoption . . . 
The profound spiritual necessity of keeping in touch with every branch of the nation, the call for loyalty 
towards every group of their own people, however fragmentary, was bound to affect the integrity of their citizenship of 
a particular state", 

"As in Babylon of yore", concludes Dr. Kastein, the Jews in Egypt extended "open arms" to the 
Persian conqueror. Yet Egypt had shown the Jews only hospitality. 

Babylon, Persia, Egypt . . . then came Greece. In 332 BC. Greece conquered Persia and the Greek rule 
of Egypt began; Alexandria became the Greek capital. Many Alexandrine Jews would fain have followed 
Jeremiah's counsel to "seek the peace of the city". The power of the sect and the destructive teaching 

Dr. Kastein, the sect's devotee, says of Greece and its civilization merely that, "it was intellectually 
brilliant . . . but the prototype of everything that was mendacious, cruel, slanderous, cunning, indolent, vain, 
corruptible, grasping and unjust". He dismisses the episode of Greece with the triumphant note. "The 
Alexandrian Jews brought about the disintegration of Hellenic civilisation ". 

Babylon, Persia, Egypt, Greece . . . Up to the start of the Christian era, therefore, history back to the 
Creation was presented to the Jews, by their scriptures and their scholars, as an exclusively Jewish affair, 
which took note of "the heathen" only insofar as they impinged on Jewish life, and as a record of destruction 
achieved against these heathen, in peace and war. 

Was this portrayal true, of events in the pre-Christian era, and did it continue true of later events, 
down to our day? 

The inference of our own generation, of which it is certainly true, is that is has always been true. In our 
century conflicts between nations, on the Babylonian-Persian model, even though they seemed at their start 
to be concerned with issues remote from any Jewish question, were turned into Judaic triumphs and Judaic 
vengeances, so that the destruction which accompanied them became an act of fulfilment under The Judaic 
Law, like the slaying of the Egyptian firstborn, the destruction of Babylon, and Mordecai's pogrom. 


Rome followed Greece, and when Rome rose Cicero evidently shared the opinion, about the part 
played by the Jews in the disintegration of Greek civilization, which a Dr. Kastein was to express twenty 
centuries later, for at the trial of Flaccus Cicero looked fearfully behind him when he spoke of Jews; he knew 
(he said) that they all held together and that they knew how to ruin him who opposed them, and he 
counselled caution in dealing with them. 

Fuscus, Ovid and Persius uttered similar warnings, and, during the lifetime of Jesus, Seneca said, "The 
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country, and thus the conquered force their laws upon the conqueror". At this period too the Roman geographer Strabo 
commented on the distribution and number of the Jews (which in our time is patently so much greater than 
any statistics are allowed to express), saying that there was no place in the earth where they were not. 

Greece and Rome, in the common Gentile view, created enduring values on which the civilization of 
Europe was built. Out of Greece came beauty and Greek foundations lie beneath all poetry and art; out of 
Rome came law and Roman ones lie beneath Magna Charta, Habeas Corpus and the right of a man to fair 
and public trial, which was the greatest achievement of The West. 

To the Zionist scholar Greece and Rome were just transient heathen manifestations, equally repellent. 
Dr. Kastein says disdainfully that in Rome "from the very beginning Judea quite rightly saw merely the 
representative of unintellectual and stupid brute force". 

For three hundred years after the lifetime of Jesus, Rome persecuted the Christians. After the 
conversion of the Emperor Constantine to Christianity in 320 AD, the Jews were forbidden to circumcize 
their slaves, keep Christian ones, or intermarry; this application of the Judaic Law in reverse is held by Dr. 
Kastein to be persecution. 

After the division of the Roman Empire in 395 Palestine became part of the Byzantine Empire. The 
ban on Jews in Jerusalem had only been lifted after Rome became predominantly Christian, so that the city 
might still have been empty of Jews, but for Christianity. However, when the Persians in 614 carried their war 
against Byzantium into Palestine, the Jews "flocked to the Persian army from all sides" and then participated, 
"with the fury of men bent on avenging themselves for three hundred years of oppression" , in "a wholesale 
massacre of Christians", (again according to Dr. Kastein, to whom, as above shown, the ban on the 
enslavement of Christians is oppression). 

Enthusiasm for the Persians died with the vengeance on Christians; fourteen years later the Jews "were 
only too ready to negotiate with the Byzantine emperor Heraclitus", and to help him to reconquer Jerusalem. 

Then came Muhammad and Islam. Muhammad shared the view of Cicero and other, earlier 
authorities; his Koran, in addition to the allusion previously cited, says, "Thou shalt surely find the most 
violent of all men in enmity against the true 
[113] believers to be the Jews and the idolaters . . ." 

Nevertheless, Islam (like Christianity) showed no enmity against the Jews and Dr. Kastein has a 
relatively good word for it: "Islam allowed the infidel absolute economic freedom and autonomous 
administration . . . Islam certainly practised toleration towards those of other faith . . . Judaism was never 
offered such fine chances, such fine opportunities to flourish, from Christianity". 

These "opportunities to flourish" were provided by Islam for the Jews on the soil of Europe, in Spain, 
as previously told; this was the entrance into the West, made possible by Islam to "the most violent of all 
men". In the wake of the Islamic conqueror the Talmudic government (after the Caliph Omar had taken 
Jerusalem in 637 and swept on westward with his armies) moved into Spain! 

The Visigoth kings there had already developed similar feelings, about the Jews in their midst, to those 
expressed by Cicero, Muhammad and others. One of their last, Euric, at the Twelfth Council of Toledo, 
begged the bishops" to make one last effort to pull this Jewish pest out by the roots" (about 680). After that 
the Visigoth era quickly came to an end, the Islamic invader establishing himself in southern and central 
Spain in 712. 

Dr. Kastein says, "The Jews supplied pickets and garrison troops for Andalusia". Professor Graetz 
more fully describes this first encounter between the Jews and peoples of Northern European stock: 

"The Jews of Africa . . . and their unlucky co-religionists of the Peninsula made common cause with the 
Mohammedan conqueror, Tarik . . . After the battle of Xeres, July 711, and the death of Roderic, the last Visigoth 
king, the victorious Arabs pushed onward and were everywhere supported by the Jews. In every city that they 
conquered, the Moslem generals were able to leave but a small garrison of their own troops, as they had need 
of every man for the subjection of their country; they therefore confided them to the safekeeping of the Jews. In this 
manner the Jews, who but lately had been serfs, now became the masters of the towns of Cordova, Granada, Malaga and many 
others. When Tarik appeared before the capital, Toledo, he found it occupied by a small garrison only . . . While the Christians 
were in church, praying for the safety of their country and religion, the Jews flung open the gates to the victorious Arabs, receiving 
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entrusted by Tarik to the custody of the Jews . . . Finally when Musa Ibn Nossair, the Governor of Africa, brought a 
second army into Spain and conquered other cities, he also delivered them into the custody of the jews . . ." 

The picture is identical with that of all earlier historical, or legendary, events in which the Jews were 
concerned: a conflict between two "stranger" peoples was transformed into a Judaic triumph and a Judaic 

The Jews (as in Babylon and Egypt) turned against the people with whom they lived and once more 
"flung open the gates" to the foreign invader. The foreign invader, in his turn, "delivered" the cities taken by 
him to the Jews. 


In war the capital city and the other great cities, the power and control over them, are the fruits of 
victory; they went to the Jews, not to the victor. The Caliph's generals evidently paid as little heed to the 
Koran's warnings as Western politicians of today pay to the teaching of the New Testament. 

As to "the miseries" for which the Jews thus took vengeance, Professor Graetz specifically states that 
the cruellest of these was the denial of the right to keep slaves: "the most oppressive of them was the restraint 
touching the possession of slaves; henceforward the Jews were neither to purchase Christian slaves nor to 
accept them as presents"! 

If the Arab conquerors counted on thankfulness from those to whom they had "entrusted the capital" 
and the great cities, they misreckoned. After the conquest Judah Halevi of Cordova sang: 

". . . how fulfil my sacred vows, deserve my consecration, 

While Zion still remains Rome's thrall, and I an Arab minion? 

As trash to me all Spanish treasure, wealth or Spanish good, 

When dust as purest gold I treasure, where once our temple stood!" 

This spirit disquietened the Caliph's advisers, as it had disquietened the Visigoth kings, Muhammad 
and the statesmen of Rome. Abu Ishak of Elvira spoke to the Caliph at Cordova in words which again recall 
those of Cicero: 

"The Jews . . . have become great lords, and their pride and arrogance know no bounds . . . Take not 
such men for thy ministers . . . for the whole earth crieth out against them; ere long it will quake and we shall 
all perish ... I came to Granada and I beheld the Jews reigning. They had parcelled out the provinces and the 
capital between them; everywhere one of these accursed ruled. They collected the taxes, they made good 
cheer, they were sumptuously clad, while your garments, O Muslims, were old and worn-out. All the secrets 
of state were known to them; yet is it folly to put trust in traitors!" 

The Caliph, nevertheless, continued to select his ministers from among the nominees of the Talmudic 
government of Cordova. The Spanish period shows, perhaps more clearly than any other, that the Jewish 
portrayal of history may be nearer to historical truth than the narrative according to the Gentiles; for the 
conquest of Spain certainly proved to be Judaic rather than Moorish. The formal Moorish domination 
continued for 800 years and at the end, in keeping with precedent, the Jews helped the Spaniards expel the 

Nevertheless, the general feeling towards them was too deeply distrustful to be assuaged. This popular 
suspicion particularly directed itself against the converses, or Marranos. The genuineness of their conversion 
was not believed, and in this the Spaniards were right, for Dr. Kastein says that between the Jews and 
Marranos "a secret atmosphere of conspiracy" prevailed; evidently use was being made of the Talmudic 
dispensation about feigned conversion. 

In spite of this public feeling the Spanish kings, during the gradual reconquest, habitually made Jews or 
Marranos their finance ministers, and eventually 

[115] appointed one Isaac Arrabanel administrator of the state finances with instructions to raise funds for 
the reconquest of Granada. The elders, at this period, were dutifully applying the important tenet of The Law 
about "lending to all nations and borrowing from none", for Dr. Kastein records that they gave "financial 
help" to the Christian north in its final assault on the Mohammedan south. 

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After the reconquest the stored-up feeling of resentment against the Jews, born of the 800 years of 
Moorish occupation and of their share in it, broke through; in 1492 the Jews were expelled from Spain and in 
1496 from Portugal. 

Today's Zionist historians show a remarkable hatred of Spain on this account, and a firm belief in a 
Jehovan vengeance not yet completed. The overthrow of the Spanish monarchy nearly five centuries later, 
and the civil war of the 1930's, are sometimes depicted as instalments on account of this reckoning. This 
belief was reflected in the imperious words used by Mr. Justice Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court, 
a leading Zionist, to Rabbi Stephen Wise in 1933: "Let Germany share the fate of Spain f The treatment 
accorded to Spain in the subsequent decades of this century, in particular its long exclusion from the United 
Nations, has to be considered in this light. 

At that point fifteen hundred years of the Christian era had passed and events had conformed to the 
pattern of the pre-Christian era, as laid down in the historical parts of the Old Testament, and to the 
requirements of the Judaic Law. The Jews in their impact on other peoples had continued, under Talmudic 
direction, to act as a destructive force . . . 

"Captive" and "persecuted" everywhere they went (under their own Law, not through the fault of the 
peoples with whom they sojourned) their part was always what this Law ordained that it should be: to "pull 
down and destroy". They were indeed used by their rulers to "abet disorder" between others, as the Koran said, 
and through the disorders thus abetted their rulers achieved civil power, wreaked vengeances, supported 
invaders and financed counter-blows. 

During all this time this was the behest of their Talmudic masters, and constantly Jews rose to protest 
against it; but The Law was too strong for them. There was no happiness or fulfilment for the Jews in this 
mission, but they could not escape it. 

At the end of this first encounter with the West, after eight centuries, the land "spewed them out". 

This was the moment, so decisive for our present generation, to which a previous chapter alluded. But 
for the secret which was stored in the depths of Russia, this might have been the end of the catalytic force. 

The experience of this expulsion was a very hard one for the body of Jews who experienced it, and 
they and their descendants gave many signs that they accepted the inference and would in time find some way 
to remain Jews and yet to become involved in mankind. That would have meant the end of the destructive 
[116] idea and of the sect that fostered it. 

Instead, the destructive idea survived and was projected into the affairs of the world through a new 
group of people, who had no physical descent from any Hebrews, or "children of Israel", or the tribe of 
Judah. They used the name "Jew" merely as a sign of allegiance to a political programme. The point now 
reached, in following the course of the destructive idea through the centuries, calls for some further 
description of these people (mentioned in the chapter on The Movable Government). 

Even at the start of the 800 years in Spain (from 711 to 1492) the Jews there (the largest single 
community of Jews) were no longer J udahite or Judeans; not even they could claim to be of the pure line of 
Judah, or of Palestinian ancestry. Professor Graetz says of them, "The first settlement of Jews in beautiful 
Hesperia is buried in dim obscurity", and adds that the Jews there "desired to lay claim to high antiquity" for 
their ancestry, so that they simply asserted that "they had been transported thither after the destruction of the 
temple by Nebuchadnezzar". 

Through many centuries the processes of nature and of man had enforced a mingling. The idea of a 
people chosen to rule the world over the bodies of fallen heathen appealed to primitive tribespeople in many 
places; the already-circumcized Arab could become a Jew and hardly notice any change; Rabbis in north 
African deserts and towns were remote from the "centre" and gladly extended their congregations. When the 
Roman emperors began to persecute "pagan religions" Judaism never fell under a general prohibition, so that 
many worshippers of Isis, Baal and Adonis, if they did not become Christians, entered the synagogues. The 
fierce law of tribal segregation could not at that time be enforced in places far from Babylon. 

Thus the Jews who entered Spain with the Moors were, racially, already a mixed throng. During the 
800 years in Spain the racial teaching was more strictly enforced, the "government" having been transferred to 
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from Spain, the government, as already told, was suddenly transplanted to Poland. What became, at that 
point, of these Sephardic Jews, who alone may have retained some faint trace of original Judahite or Judean 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia is explicit: "The Sephardim are the descendants of the Jews who were expelled 
from Spain and Portugal and who settled in Southern France, Italy, North Africa, Asia Minor, Holland, 
England, North and South America, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Hungary". Poland is not mentioned; the 
Talmudic Government went there, but the mass of these Sephardic Jews distributed themselves in Western 
Europe; they moved westward, not eastward. The "government" was suddenly separated from the people and 
the mass began to dissolve. 

The Jewish Encyclopaedia says, of the Sephardim who were thus dispersed: 
[117] "Among these settlers were many who were the descendants or heads of wealthy families and who, as 
Marranos, had occupied prominent positions in the countries they had left . . . They considered themselves a 
superior class, the nobility of Jewry, and for a long time their co-religionists, on whom they looked down, 
regarded them as such . . . The Sephardim never engaged in chaffering occupations nor in usury and they did 
not mingle with the lower classes. Although the Sephardim lived on peaceful terms with other Jews they 
rarely intermarried with them . . . In modern times the Sephardim have lost the authority which for several centuries they 
exercised over other Jews" , 

The Sephardim, then, neither went to Poland nor mingled with other Jews, when they left the Spanish 
Peninsula and spread over Western Europe. They remained aloof and apart, "looked down" on others 
professing to be Jews, and lost their authority. (The Judaists reference works also give curious estimates of 
the decline in their proportion of Jewry, from a large minority to a small minority; these seem beyond 
biological explanation and probably are not trustworthy). 

Thus, at this removal of "the centre", the body of people, in whose name it had asserted authority for 
two thousand years, abruptly changed its nature as by magic. 

The Jews hitherto known to the world, who had just emerged from their first impact between their 
Law and the peoples of the West, and were in reflective mood, suddenly began to lose caste in Jewry and to 
dwindle in numbers! 

The Talmudic government set out to prepare its second encounter with the West from a new 
headquarters, planted among an Asiatic people, the Khazars, converted to Jehovah worship many centuries 
before. The ruling sect was thenceforward to operate through this different body of people; they were wild 
folk who had not known the cautionary experience in Spain. 

In 1951 a New York publisher who contemplated issuing one of the present writer's books was 
strongly advised not to do this by the head of a Jewish political bureau, and was told, "Mr. Reed invented the 

However, the Judaist authorities agree about their existence and conversion, and the historical atlases show 
the development of the Khazar kingdom, which at its greatest extent reached from the Black Sea to the 
Caspian (around 600 AD). They are described as a Tartar or Turco-Mongolian people and the Jewish 
Encyclopaedia says that their chagan, or chieftain, "with his grandees and a large number of his heathen people 
embraced Judaism, probably about 679 AD". 

The fact is attested by correspondence between Hasdai ibn Shapnet, Foreign Minister to Abdel 
Rahman, Sultan of Cordova, and King Joseph of the Khazars, exchanged about 960 AD. The Jewish 
Encyclopaedia says that the Judaist scholars had no doubts as to the genuineness of this correspondence, in which 
the word Ashkena^i first occurs as denoting this sharply-outlined, hitherto unknown group of "Eastern Jews" 

and as indicating Slav associations. 


This community of Turco-Mongolian Ashkenazim, then, was distinct in every element save that of the 
creed from the Jews previously known to the Western world, the Sephardim. 

The hold of the Talmudic government, in the centuries that followed, became looser over the scattered 
communities of the West; but it ruled this new compact community in the East with a rod of iron. 

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The Jew of Semitic physiognomy became ever rarer (today the typical countenance of the Jew has 
Mongolian traits, as is natural). 

No Gentile will ever know why this one mass-conversion of a numerous "heathen" people to 
Talmudic Judaism was permitted, thirteen hundred years ago. Was it chance, or were these elders able to 
foresee every mortal possibility? At all events, when the Sephardim were scattered and the destructive idea 
received, in Spain, its sharpest setback, this reserve force lay ready to hand and for the purpose of the 
destructive mission it was the best possible material. 

Long before their conversion to Judaism the Khazars were hostile to the immigrant Russ from the 
north who eventually conquered them, established the Russian monarchy and accepted Christianity. 

When the Khazars became converted the Talmud was complete, and after the collapse of their 
kingdom (in about 1000 AD) they remained the political subjects of the Talmudic government, all their 
resistance to Russia being governed by the Talmudic, anti-Christian Law. Thereafter they moved about in 
Russia, particularly to Kieff (the traditional "holy city" of Russian Christianity), elsewhere in the Ukraine, and 
to Poland and Lithuania. 

Though they had no Judahite blood, they became under this Talmudic direction the typical nation- 
within-the-nation in Russia. The areas where they congregated, under Talmudic direction, became the centres 
of that anti-Russian revolution which was to become "the world revolution"; in these parts, and through 
these people, new instruments of destruction were forged, specifically for the destruction of Christianity and 
the West. 

These savage people from the inmost recesses of Asia lived within the Talmud like any Babylonian or 
Cordovan Jew and for centuries "observed the Law" in order that they might "return" to a "promised land" 
of which their ancestors probably never heard, there to rule the world. In the Twentieth Century, when the 
politicians of the West were all agog with this project of the return, none of them had ever heard of the 
Khazars. Only the Arabs, whose lives and lands were directly at stake, knew of them, and vainly tried to 
inform the Peace Conference of 1919 and the United Nations in 1947. 

After 1 500, therefore, the Jews fell into two distinct groups: the scattered communities of the West, 
who were Sephardic in origin, and this closely corralled mass of Talmudic, Slav "Jews" in the East. Time had 
to show if the Talmudic centre would be able to make out of the Ashkenazim a destructive force as potent in 
the future as the earlier one in the past, and whether it could keep its hold over 

[119] the communities in the West, with their different tradition and their memory of the Iberian expulsion. 

About the year 1 500, then, the Talmudic government moved from Spain to Poland, establishing itself 
among a body of "Jews" hitherto unknown to the West and relaxing its hold on the Sephardic Jews, who 
began to dwindle in numbers and to disintegrate as a cohesive force (in the judgment of the Judaic elders). 
Only about 450 years separate that event and that point in time from our present day, when the effects of the 
removal of the Talmudists to Poland have shown themselves, and have answered the two questions raised in 
the last paragraph. 

These 450 years saw the visible Talmudic "centre" cease to exist (in Dr. Kastein's words) and the 
destructive idea simultaneously enter Europe in a new form, which bore the name "revolution". 

The 450 years have seen three of these "revolutions" (counting only the chief ones). Each was more 
destructive than the last. Each was recognizable as the heir of the former one by its chief characteristics, and 
these, again, were the chief characteristics of the Judaic Law as laid down in the Torah-Talmud. The main 
assault in each case was on legitimate government, nationhood and Christianity. Under the Judaic Law the 
only legitimate government is that of Jehovah and the only legitimate nation is that of Jehovah's chosen 
people; under the Talmudic supplement of that Law Christianity is specifically the chief of those "other 
gods", after whom the chosen are for bidden to "go a-whoring"; and "destruction", as has been shown, is a 
supreme tenet of that Law. 

When these revolutions began they were supposed to be aimed at "kings and priests", as the symbolic 
figures of oppression. Now that the power of kings and priests is gone, but the revolution is established in 
permanence, it may be seen that these were false words, chosen to delude "the multitude". The attack was on 
nationhood (the murdered king being in each case the symbol) and on religion (the destruction of churches being 
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These were recognizable marks of authorship. The Torah-Talmud is the only original fount of such 
ideas that research can discover. "He shall deliver their kings into thine hand and thou shalt destroy their name 
from them ... ye shall utterly destroy all the places wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their 
gods". At the very moment when the Talmudic government vanished from sight, after setting itself among a 
barbaric Asiatic people, this creed of destruction entered Western Europe and began its ruinous march. 

These three revolutions, then, like the historic events of the pre-Christian era depicted in the Old 
Testament, and of the Christian era up to the expulsion from Spain, also conformed with and fulfilled the 
Judaic Law. All three of them bear the common hallmark of a Judaic triumph, as their outcome. Were they 
originally instigated, organized and directed by the Talmudists? 

In that respect there is a great difference between the first two and the last one. 
[120] Talmudic incitement and control of the English and French revolutions cannot be discovered, at any 
rate by the present writer's research. In each case the results bore the familiar signs of the Judaic triumph (the 
"return" of the Jews to England; the emancipation of the Jews in France), although at the start of both 
revolutions the Jewish question had not been present in the public mind as an issue at stake. As far as the 
student can ascertain at this distance of time, the projection of "the Jewish question" into these issues, and its 
elevation to a chief place among them, was something achieved while the revolutions went along, and the 
Judaic elders who accomplished this did not actually bring about the revolutions. 

The third case, that of the Russian revolution, is entirely different. It culminated in the greatest Judaic 
triumph and Judaic vengeance on record, either in Old Testamentary history or in later history, and was 
organized, directed and controlled by Jews who had grown up in the Talmud-controlled areas. This is a fact 
of our present day, demonstrable and undeniable, and it is the most significant fact in the whole story of 
Zion, illuminating all the past and giving the key to all the future. 

For our century, which produced that event has also seen the word "revolution" given a new meaning, 
or more accurately, given its true meaning: destruction without end until The Law is fulfilled. When the word 
"revolution" first became current in the West it was held to mean a limited thing: a violent uprising in a 
definite place caused by specific conditions there at a certain time. Unbearable oppression produced an 
explosive reaction, rather in the manner of a kettle blowing off its lid: that was the popular conception, 
instilled in "the multitude" by elders who knew better. 

The Russian revolution revealed that the revolution had been organized as a permanent thing: a 
permanently destructive force, permanently organized with a permanent headquarters and staff, and worldwide 

Thus, it had nothing to do with conditions here or there, or now and then, or local oppression. It stood 
for destruction as an aim in itself, or as a means of removing all legitimate government from the world and 
putting in its place some other government, other governors. Who could these be but the Talmudists 
themselves, given the Talmudic nature of the revolution in Russia and the obviously Talmudic aims of "the 
world revolution"? 

What was aimed at was plainly the final consummation of The Law, in its literal form: "Thou shalt 
reign over every nation but they shall not reign over thee . . . the Lord thy God shall set thee on high above 
all nations of the earth". 

Without this motive the three revolutions would never have taken the course they took; the course 
they took prefigures the shape of the future. They represent stages in and steps towards the fulfilment of The 
Law, and, once again, those who in their day seemed to be great or powerful men in their own right, like King 
Cyrus and the mysterious King Ahasuerus, now look like mere puppets in the 
[121] great drama of Judaic history as it moves towards its miraculous end in Jerusalem. 

Cromwell was another such. To the average English schoolboy he lives only as the man who beheaded 
a king and brought back the Jews to England. Add to that his vaunted massacre of priests at Drogheda (an 
event which has not its like in British history) and what remains but a typical puppet-figure of Zionist history, 
created merely to help fulfil The Law? 

Cromwell was one of the first of those many who since his day have called them selves Old 
Testamentary Christians, which figure of speech disguises the fact of anti-Christianity, as God and Mammon, 
on the best authority, cannot both be served. He forbade the celebration of Christmas Day, burned churches 
and murdered priors, and for an instant was a candidate for the Jewish Messiahship! 

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He was in power at the time when Sabbatai Zevi was whipping the Jewish masses into a frenzy of 
Zionist anticipation and shaking the Talmudic government to its foundations. Indeed, the alarm of the 
Talmudists about Sabbatai Zevi may have prompted the idea that they should use Cromwell to destroy him. 
In any case Jewish emissaries from Amsterdam were urgently despatched to England to discover whether 
Cromwell might be of Judaic decent! Had their research yielded positive results, Cromwell might have been 
proclaimed the Messiah, for he had one qualification most appealing to the elders: his zeal in "utter 
destruction". (If ever a Messiah should be proclaimed, the choice may prove surprising; when I was in Prague 
in 1939 a rabbi there was preaching that Hitler was the Jewish Messiah, so that a worried Jewish acquaintance 
asked me what I thought of this.) 

Cromwell's pedigree disclosed no descent from David, or he would probably have been glad to play 
the part. His sword-and-Bible followers claimed by their bloodthirsty deeds to be fulfilling prophecy, and by 
restoring the Jews to England to be accomplishing the prescribed steps preparatory to the Millennium. They 
even proposed, on that account, that Cromwell's Council of State should follow the model of the ancient 
Sanhedrin and be composed of seventy members! (Cromwell himself had some contempt for these his 
"Mllenarians", but as a "practical politician" of the kind familiar in our century he was glad to orate about 
"religious freedom" and the fulfilment of prophecy, while hunting down priests and clergymen). 

For his part, Cromwell's real purpose was to enlist the financial support of the rich Amsterdam Jews 
(the entire history of the West seems to have been made under that tenet of the Judaic Law which commands 
lending unto all nations and borrowing from none). Mr. John Buchan says of the Amsterdam Jews that "they 
controlled the Spanish, Portuguese and much of the Levant trade . . . they commanded the flow of bullion; 
they would help him in the difficult finances of his government". Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel from 
Amsterdam (who had been 

[122] foretelling the advent of the Messiah and the return of the Jews to Palestine) came to London and the 
matter was arranged. 

Manasseh ben Israel's petition to Cromwell is reminiscent of the kind of argument, formally respectful 
and implicitly menacing, which was used in this century by Dr. Chaim Weizmann in his dealings with British 
Prime Ministers and American Presidents; he asked for "the readmission" of the Jews to England in one 
breath, alluded darkly in the next to the Jehovan retribution awaiting those who resisted such demands, and 
then depicted the rewards which would follow compliance. The picture is closely comparable with that of a 
New York Zionist informing an American presidential candidate in our generation that he can only expect 
the "New York State vote" if he commits himself to uphold the Zionist state in peace and war, by money and 

What was demanded from Cromwell was in fact an act of public submission to the Judaic Law, not 
"the readmission" of the Jews, for they had never left England! They had been expelled on paper but had 
remained where they were, and a formal legalization of that situation was required. Cromwell was prevented 
by public opposition from doing this (although according to a Judaist authority, Mr. Margoliouth, he was 
offered £500,000 to sell to the Jews England's greatest Christian monument, Saint Paul's Cathedral, with the 
Bodleian Library thrown in!) 

Then Cromwell's brief Interregnum came to an end (nevertheless, the popular mind insists on 
remembering him as the man who readmitted the Jews!) and at this first bid in the West the destructive idea 
gained little ground. England was able to digest its revolution as if nothing very much had happened and to 
go on its way, if not refreshed, at any rate little the worse. Legitimate government was at once restored and 
religion was at all events not damaged more by this alien attempt on it than by the native inertia which began 
to weaken it at that time. 

Nevertheless, this new phenomenon "revolution" had entered Europe, and 150 years after the 
expulsion from Spain "the Jewish question" dominated the event. 

The sequel to Cromwell's Interregnum deserves brief comment because of the way the restored king 
was used for the Jewish purpose, as if nothing had happened. At Cromwell's death the Jews transferred their 
financial aid to Charles II who, soon after his restoration, made the necessary amendments, formally 
legalizing the position of the Jews in England. This did not in the least avail his dynasty, for the Amsterdam 
Jews next financed the expedition of William of Orange against his brother and successor, James II, who was 
dethroned and fled to France, the Stuart dynasty then coming virtually to an end. Thus the answer to the 
question, "Who has won?", as between Cromwell and the Stuarts, seems to have been, the Jews. 

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After a hundred and fifty years the revolution struck again, this time in France. It seemed a separate, 
different revolution at the time, but was it truly so? It bore the same distinctive features as the English 
revolution, earlier (and the Russian 

[123] revolution, later): nationhood and religion were attacked under the pretext of curbing the tyranny of 
"kings and priests", and when that was done a much harsher despotism was set up. 

At that time, after the partition of Poland, the Talmudic government had just "ceased to exist" (in Dr. 
Kastein's words), but obviously was operating from concealment; its activity would not have so abruptly 
ended after more than 2,500 years. Because of this withdrawal into obscurity today's student cannot trace 
what part it played, if any, in inciting and organizing the French revolution, through its followers in France. 
However, the revolution in Russia, 120 years later, gave proof of direct Talmudic-Jewish control in a measure 
never before suspected, so that this influence may have been greater, in the preparatory stages of the 
revolution in France, than history now reveals. 

What is certain is that the French revolution, while it was brewing, was supposed to be for "the rights 
of man" (which presumably meant all men, equally), but when it began "the Jewish question", as by magic, at 
once came to the fore. One of the earliest acts of the revolution (1791) was the complete emancipation of the 
Jews (just as the law against "anti-semitism" was one of the first acts of the revolution in Russia). 

Therefore the French revolution, in retrospect, assumes the look, common to its English predecessor 
and to so many violent events in history, of a Jewish triumph in its outcome; if it was not that in truth, then 
"history" has made it so. Presumably the masses concerned expected something quite different at its outset 
(and in that respect they resemble the masses which later were engaged in the two Twentieth Century wars). 

The emancipation of the Jews was one enduring result of a revolution which achieved little else of 
permanence and left France in a condition of spiritual apathy from which it has never truly rallied. The 
history of France since the revolution is one of a long interregnum, in the course of which it has 
experimented, with almost every form of government known to man but has not until now again found 
happiness or stability. 

From the downfall of Babylon to the revolution in France the ruling Talmudic Jews always acted as a 
destructive force among the peoples "whither I have driven thee". This was inevitable, given the creed to 
which they adhered and the fact that this religion was also The Law governing every act of their daily lives. 
Under the Judaic Law they could not act differently, and were indeed condemned to remain "the destroyers 
forever": "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdom, to root out, and to pull down 
and to destroy" , 

The story of the Jews, under this control, was the same in Babylon, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and 
Spain, and could not be anything else, given the unique Judaic Law. 

Nevertheless not all "the Jews" wrote this story, nor is the story that of all "the Jews"; to omit this 
qualification would be like condemning "the Germans" for 
[124] National Socialism or "the Russians" for an essentially alien Communism. 

Resistance to the Law of destruction has been continual in Jewry, as this account has shown. At all 
times and places the Jews have given out a more embittered protest against this destiny of destruction, forced 
on them, than the Gentiles have made against the threat of destruction, aimed at them. 

The words, "the Jews", wherever used in this discussion, need always to be read with this qualification. 

Within three hundred years of the expulsion from Spain, then, "the Jewish question" twice came to the 
forefront during violent civil conflicts which seemed, when they began, to have been caused by the clash of 
native interests: the revolutions in England and France (this narrative will in its later course come to the all- 
significant matter of the revolution in Russia, and the Jewish part in it). 

The aftermath of the revolution in France produced a man who also tried to settle the controversy of 
Zion. History records attempts to solve "the Jewish question" by almost every imaginable method, from 
force and suppression to placation, compromise and capitulation. They all failed, leaving this question still a 
thorn in the side of the Gentiles (and, for that matter, of the Jews, who were somewhat in the condition of 
people sent into the world with a burr beneath their skins). 

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The method he chose was the simplest conceivable and possibly for that reason is remembered even 
now with some consternation by the devotees of Zion; this upstart was very nearly too clever for them! 

He failed, apparently because this question cannot be solved by man at all, only by God in his good 


The man was Napoleon, whose attempt needs to be considered before the study of the revolution 
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Chapter 18 


When Napoleon reached his dizzy peak of power he presumably hoped to do great things for France 
and the French, as well as for himself (and his family). 

Very soon after he became Emperor (or possibly even before) he found that one of the most difficult 
problems which would confront him was not a French affair at all but an alien one: "the Jewish question"! It 
had racked the lives of the people for centuries; no sooner was the Pope persuaded, and the imperial crown 
on Napoleon's head, than it popped up from behind Napoleon's throne, to harass him. 

In Napoleonic manner he took it by the throat and tried to extract an answer from it to the eternal 
question: did the Jews truly desire to become part of the nation and to live by its law, or did they secretly 
acknowledge another law which commanded them to destroy and dominate the peoples among whom they 

However, this famous Interrogation was Napoleon's second attempt to solve the Jewish riddle and the 
tale of the little known earlier one should briefly be told. 

Napoleon was one of the first men to conceive the idea of conquering Jerusalem for the Jews and thus 
"fulfilling prophecy", in the currently fashionable phrase. He thus set an example imitated in the present 
century by all those British and American leaders who probably would most dislike to be compared with him: 
Messrs. Balfour and Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, and Sir 
Winston Churchill. 

Napoleon's venture was so shortlived that history says almost nothing of it or of his motives. As he 
was at the time not yet ruler of France, only the commander in chief, he may have hoped by it merely to gain 
military support from the Jews of the Middle East for his campaign there. If he already pictured himself as 
First Consul and Emperor, he may (like Cromwell) have looked for monetary support from the Jews of 
Europe in that greater ambition. 

In any case, he was the first European potentate (as supreme military commander he was really that) to 
court the favour of the Jewish rulers by promising them Jerusalem! In doing this he espoused the theory of 
separate J ewish nationhood which he later arraigned. 

The story is authentic but brief. It rests entirely on two reports published in Napoleon's Paris Moniteur 
in 1799, when he was in command of the French expedition sent to strike at English power through Egypt. 

The first, dated from Constantinople on April 17, 1799, and published on May 22, 1799, said: 
"Buonaparte has published a proclamation in which he invites all the Jews of Asia and of Africa to come and 
place themselves under his flag in order to re-establish ancient Jerusalem. He has already armed a great number and 
their battalions are threatening Aleppo". 

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The second report appeared in the Moniteur a few weeks later and said, "It is not solely to give 
Jerusalem to the Jews that Buonaparte has conquered Syria; he has vaster designs. . ." 

Possibly Napoleon had received news of the effect which the first report had produced in France, 
where this intimation that the war against England (like the revolution against "kings and priests") might be 
turned chiefly to Jewish advantage was not well received; alternatively, it may have done the English more 
good, among the other peoples of Arabia, than it could ever do Buonaparte among the Jews. 

The bubble evaporated at that point, for Napoleon never reached Jerusalem. Two days before the first 
report was published by the distant Moniteur, he was already in retreat towards Egypt, thwarted by an 
obstinate Englishman at Acre. 

Today's student feels somewhat resentful that Napoleon's Zionist bid was soon cut short, for if he had 
been able to press on with it a deputation of Zionist elders might soon have been examining his ancestry (like 
Cromwell's, earlier) for some trace of Davidic descent which would qualify him to be proclaimed the 

Thus all that remains today of this venture of Napoleon's is a significant comment made on it in our 
time by Mr. Philip Guedalla (1925): "An angry man had missed, as he thought, his destiny. But a patient race 
still waited; and after a century, when other conquerors had tramped the same dusty roads, it was seen that 
we had not missed ours". 

The reference is to the British troops of 1917, who in this typical Zionist presentation of history are 
merely instruments in the fulfilment of Jewish destiny, a part missed by Napoleon. Mr. Guedalla uttered these 
words in the presence of Mr. Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister of 1917 who had sent those soldiers 
along those same "dusty roads". Mr. Lloyd George thus was able to sun himself in the approving gaze of an 
audience which looked on him as "an instrument in the hands of the Jewish God" (Dr. Kastein). 

In 1804 Napoleon was crowned Emperor; and by 1806 "the Jewish question" was so large among his 
cares that he made his renowned second attempt to solve it. 

Amid all his campaigns he was engrossed by it, like many potentates before him, and now he tried the 
reverse method of settling it: having briefly undertaken to restore "ancient Jerusalem" (and thus the Jewish 
nation), he now demanded that the Jews choose publicly between separate nationhood and integration in the 
nation wherein they dwelt. 

He was in bad odour with the French at this time because of the favour which (they said) he showed 
to Jews. Complaints and appeals for protection against them poured in on him, so that he told the Council of 
State, "These Jews are locusts and caterpillars, they devour my France. . . They are a nation within the nation" . 
Even O^o^/oxjudaism at that time strenuously denied this description. 


The State Council itself was divided and in doubt, so that Napoleon summoned 112 leading 
representatives of Judaism, from France, Germany and Italy, to come to Paris and answer a list of questions. 

The strange world in which Napoleon thus set foot is little understood by Gentiles. It is illumined by 
the following two quotations: 

"Owing to the acceptance of the idea of the Chosen People and of salvation, the Jewish world was 
Judeocentric, and the Jews could interpret everything that happened only from the standpoint of themselves as 
the centre" (Dr. Kastein). 

'The Jew constructed a whole history of the world of which he made himself the centre; and from this 
moment, that is, the moment when Jehovah makes the covenant with Abraham, the fate of Israel forms the 
history of the world, indeed, the history of the whole cosmos, the one thing about which the Creator of the 
world troubles himself. It is as if the circles always become narrower; at last only the central point remains: the 
Ego" (Mr. Houston Stewart Chamberlain). 

One of these authorities is a Zionist Jew and the other is what the first would call an anti-semite; the 
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Indeed, the student of this question finds that there is really no disagreement about such matters 
between the Talmudic-Jewish scholars and those objectors whom they accuse of prejudice; what the Jewish 
extremists really complain of is that any criticism should be made from quarters "outside the law"; this is to 
them intolerable. 

The questions devised by Napoleon show that, unlike the British and American politicians of this 
century who have taken up Zionism, he perfectly understood the nature of Judaism and the problem of 
human relationships thrown up by it. He knew that, according to the Judaic Law, the world had been created, 
at a date precisely determined, solely for the Jews and everything that happened in it (including such an 
episode as that of his own fame and power) was calculated simply to bring about the Jewish triumph. 

Napoleon in his day comprehended the Judaic theory as it is expounded, in this century, by Dr. 
Kastein in relation to King Cyrus of Persia and his conquest of Babylon in 538 BC: 

"If the greatest king of the age was to be an instrument in the hands of the Jewish God, it meant that this 
God was one who determined the date not only of one people but of all peoples; that he determined the fate of 
nations, the fate of the whole world' '. 

Napoleon had tentatively offered to make himself "an instrument in the hands of the Jewish God" in 
the matter of Jerusalem, but had been foiled by the defender of Acre. Now he was Emperor and was not 
ready to be "an instrument", nor would he accept the proposition at all. 

He set out to make the Jews stand up and declare their allegiance, and shrewdly devised questions 
which were equally impossible to answer without repudiating 

[128] the central idea, or to evade without incurring the later reproach of falsehood. Dr. Kastein calls the 
questions "infamous", but that is only in the spirit earlier mentioned, that any question from a being outside 
the Law is infamous. 

In another passage Dr. Kastein says, with involuntary admiration, that Napoleon in his questions 
"correctly grasped the principle of the problem", and this is higher praise than that accorded by Dr. Kastein 
to any other Gentile ruler. 

Also, it is true; had mortal man been able to find an answer to "the Jewish question" Napoleon would 
have found it, for his enquiries went to the very heart of the matter and left truthful men only with the choice 
between a pledge of loyalty and an open admission of inveterate disloyalty. 

The delegates, elected by the Jewish communities, came to Paris. They were in a quandary. On the one 
hand, they were all bred in the age-old faith that they must ever remain a "severed" people, chosen by God to 
"pull down and destroy" other nations and eventually to "return" to a promised land; on the other hand, they 
had just been foremost among those emancipated by the revolution, and the most famous general of that 
revolution, who interrogated them, once had undertaken to "re-establish ancient Jerusalem". 

Now this man, Napoleon, asked them to say whether they were part of the nation he ruled, or not. 

Napoleon's questions went, like arrows to a target, straight to the tenets of the Torah-Talmud on 
which the wall between the Jews and other men had been built. The chief ones were, did the Jewish Law 
permit mixed marriages; did the Jews regard Frenchmen as "strangers" (foreigners) or as brothers; did they 
regard France as their native country, the laws of which they were bound to obey; did the Judaic Law draw 
any distinction between Jewish and Christian debtors? 

All these questions turned on the discriminatory racial and religious laws which the Levites (as earlier 
chapters showed) had heaped upon the moral commandments, thus cancelling them. 

Napoleon with the utmost publicity and formality put questions before the Jewish representatives, which 
the world for centuries had been asking. 

With this fierce light beating on them the Jewish notables had only two alternatives: to repudiate the 
racial Law in all sincerity, or to profess repudiation while secredy denying it (an expedient permitted by the 

As Dr. Kastein says, "The Jewish scholars who were called upon to refute the charges found 
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anecdotes" . This is Dr. Kastein's way of saying that they could only evade the questions by falsehood, for they 
were not "called upon to refute charges"; they were merely asked to answer truthfully. 

The Jewish delegates ardently affirmed that there was no longer any such thing as a Jewish nation; that 
they did not desire to live in closed, self-governed communities; that they were in every respect Frenchmen 
and nothing more. They 

[129] hedged only on the point of mixed marriages; these, they said, were permissible "under the civil hew" . 

Even Dr. Kastein is constrained to call Napoleon's next move "a stroke of genius". 

It established historically that if forced publicly to answer these vital questions (vital to the peoples 
with whom they live) the representatives of Judaism will give answers which are either untrue or to which 
they cannot give effect. 

The events of the decades that followed showed that the claim to separate nationhood-within-nations 
was never renounced by those who truly wielded power in Jewry. 

Thus Napoleon, in failure, achieved a historic victory for truth which retains its value in our day. 

He sought to give the responses obtained by him the most binding public form, which would commit 
Jews everywhere and for all the future to the undertakings given by their elders, by desiring that the Great 
Sanhedrin be convened! 

From all parts of Europe the traditional 71 members of the Sanhedrin, 46 rabbis and 25 laymen, 
hastened to Paris and met among scenes of great magnificence in February 1807. Though the Sanhedrin, as 
such, had not met for centuries, the Talmudic "centre" in Poland had but recendy ceased publicly to function, 
so that the idea of a directing body of Jewry was real and live. 

The Sanhedrin went further than the Jewish notables in the completeness and ardour of its 
declarations; (incidentally, it began by recording thanks to the Christian churches for the protection enjoyed 
in the past, and this tribute is worth comparing with the usual Zionist version of history in the Christian era, 
which suggests that it was all a long ordeal of "Jewish persecution" at Christian hands). 

The Sanhedrin acknowledged the extinction of the Jewish nation to be an accomplished fact. This solved the 
central dilemma thrown up by the fact that the Law, which theretofore had always been held to be exclusively 
binding for Jews, allowed no distinction between religious and civil law. As "the nation" had ceased to exist, 
the Talmudic laws of daily life were proclaimed to be no longer effective, but the Torah, as the law of faith, remained 
immutable; thus said the Sanhedrists. If any clash or dispute were to occur, the religious laws were to be held 
subordinate to those of the state in which individual Jews lived. Israel thenceforward would exist only as a 
religion, and no longer looked forward to any national rehabilitation. 

It was a unique triumph for Napoleon (and who knows how much it may have contributed to his 
downfall?). The Jews were liberated from the Talmud; the way to their re-integration in their fellow men, 
their involvement in mankind, was reopened where the Levites had closed it over two thousand years before; 
the spirit of discrimination and hatred was renounced and exorcised. 

These declarations formed the basis on which the claim for full civil liberties was made and realized 
throughout the West in the years that followed. All 
[130] sections of Judaism, known to the West, supported them. 

Thenceforth Orthodox Judaism, with the face it turned toward the West, denied any suggestion that 
the Jews would form a nation within nations. Reform Judaism in time "eliminated every prayer expressing so 
much as even the suspicion of a hope or a desire for any form of Jewish national resurrection" (Rabbi Moses 
P. Jacobson). 

The ground was cut from beneath those opponents of Jewish emancipation in the British Parliament 
who contended that "the Jews look forward to the coming of a great deliverer, to their return to Palestine, to 
the rebuilding of their temple, to the revival of their ancient worship, and therefore, they will always consider 
England not as their country, but merely as their place of exile" (quoted by Mr. Bernard J. Brown). 

Yet these warning voices spoke the truth. In less than ninety years the declarations of the Napoleonic 
Sanhedrin had in effect been cancelled, so that Mr. Brown was brought to write: 

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"Now, although civil equalities have been firmly established by law in nearly every land, Jewish 
nationalism has become the philosophy of Israel. Jews should not be surprised if people charge that we obtained 
equality before the law under false pretences; that we are still a nation within nations and that rights accorded us should 
be revoked'. 

Napoleon unwittingly did posterity a service in revealing the important fact that the replies obtained by 
him were valueless. The one-and-only Law, of all thought and action, was in the remainder of the Nineteenth 
Century reinflicted on the Jews by their Talmudic rulers, and by Gentile politicians who gave them the same 
help as King Artaxerxes gave to Nehemiah. 

Were the responses sincere or false when they were given? The answer probably may be divided, just 
as Judaism itself has always been divided. 

No doubt the delegates had much in mind the accelerating effect which their responses, as they were 
framed, would have on the grant of full equality in other countries. On the other hand, many of them must 
earnestly have hoped that the Jews, at long last, might enter into mankind without secret denials, for in Jewry 
this impulse to break through the tribal ban has always existed, though it has always been beaten back by the 
ruling sect. 

The probability is that some of the delegates sincerely intended what they said, and that others 
"secretly broke" (Dr. Kastein's phrase) with the loyalties thus publicly affirmed. 

Napoleon's Sanhedrin had a basic flaw. It represented the Jews of Europe, and these (who were in the 
main the Sephardim) were losing authority in Jewry. The Talmudic centre, and the great mass of "Eastern 
Jews" (the Slavic Ashkenazi) were in Russia or Russian-Poland, and not even Napoleon gave much thought 
to that fact if he even knew of it. These Talmudists were not represented in the Sanhedrin and the responses 
given were by their Law heresy, for they were the 
[131] guardians of the traditions of the Pharisees and Levites. 

The Sanhedrin's avowals brought to an end the third Talmudic period in the story of Zion. It was that 
which began with the fall of Judea in AD 70, when the Pharisees bequeathed their traditions to the 
Talmudists, and at the end of these seventeen centuries the eternal question seemed, by the Sanhedrin's 
responses, to have been solved. 

The Jews were ready to join with mankind and to follow the counsel of a French Jew, Isaac Berr, that 
they should rid themselves "of that narrow spirit, of corporation and congregation, in all civil and political 
matters not immediately connected with our spiritual law. In these things we must absolutely appear simply as 
individuals, as Frenchmen, guided only by a true patriotism and by the general good of the nations". That 
meant the end of the Talmud, "the hedge around the Law". 

It was an illusion. In the eyes of today's Gentile student it seems to have been a great opportunity 
missed. In the eyes of the literal Jew it was an appalling danger narrowly averted: that of common 
involvement in mankind. 

The fourth period in this narrative then began, the century of "emancipation", the 19th Century. 
During it the Talmudists in the East set out to cancel what the Sanhedrin had affirmed, and to use all the 
liberties gained through emancipation, not to put Jews and all other men on one footing, but to corral the 
Jews again, to reaffirm their "severance" from others and their claim to separate nationhood, which in fact 
was one to be a nation above all nations, not a nation-within-nations. 

The Talmudists succeeded, with results which we are witnessing in our generation, which is the fifth 
period in the controversy of Zion. The story of their success cannot be separated from that of the 
Revolution, to which this narrative now returns. 

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For the sake of orderly sequence this narrative has been carried through to Napoleon's Sanhedrin; the 
answers given by it closed the third, and opened the fourth period in the story of Zion, which began with the 
public renunciation of separate-nationhood and ended, ninety years later, with the public re-affirmation of 
separate-nationhood in its extremest form. 

Before it continues into that fourth phase, the narrative now must move back twenty years to the start 
of the world-revolution, and consider what part, if any, was played by "the Jews" in that. 

The 19th Century, in the West, differed from the preceding eighteen centuries of the Christian era 
there in the emergence of two movements with a converging aim, which by the century's end dominated all 
its affairs. 

The one movement, Zionism, aimed at reassembling a dispersed nation in a territory promised to it by 
the Jewish god; the second movement, Communism, aimed at the destruction of separate nationhood as such. 

Thus these two movements appeared at first sight to be fixedly opposed to each other, for the one 
made nationalism its religion, even its god, and the other declared war to the death on nationalism. This 
antagonism was only apparent, and in truth the two movements ran on parallel tracks, not head on towards a 
collision on the same line. For the god who promised land to the nation to be gathered-in also promised to 
set it "above all people that are upon the face of the earth" and to destroy all other nations "with a mighty 
destruction until they be destroyed". The world-revolution, which pursued the second of these aims, thus 
fulfilled the condition set for the first of them; either by accident or by design, it too was doing the will of 

That being so, the historian's task is to find out, if he can, what relationship existed between the 
organizers of Zionism and those of the world-revolution. If there was none, and the parallelism of purpose 
was coincidental, then history was evidently having a little joke with the West. If relationship can be shown, 
the pattern of the last 170 years prefigures the shape of coming events; in that case the world-revolution has 
been the handmaiden of Zion. 

These 170 years have probably been the most profligate and least creditable in the history of the West. 
At the start of the 19th Century it had behind it seventeen centuries of Christian achievement; the world had 
never before seen man so much improve his own state and his conduct to others; even warfare was becoming 
subject to a civilized code, and the future seemed certain to continue this upward process. By the middle of 
the 20th Century much of this achievement had been lost; a large area of the West had been surrendered to 
Asiatic barbarism; the question whether the remaining West and its faith could even survive clearly hung in 
the balance and probably would be answered during the closing decades of the century. 


The period which saw this deterioration was that of the rise of the Judaist power to a peak of influence 
in the affairs of the West which hardly any European potentate or pontiff, doctrine or dogma had ever 
attained. The picture of this swelling might, spreading over Europe like an eastern thundercloud, is given in 
two quotations from the beginning and end of the 19th Century. In 1791 the great German historian Johann 
Gottfried von Herder, looking back on the hundred years behind him, wrote: 

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"The ruder nations of Europe are willing slaves of Jewish usury. . . The Jewish people is and remains in 
Europe an Asiatic people alien to our part of the world, bound to that old law which it received in a distant climate, 
and which according to its own confession it cannot do away with. . . It is indissolubly bound to an alien law 
that is hostile to all alien peoples" . 

The newspaper reader of 1807, when he learned of the Sanhedrin's ardent avowals of non-nationhood, 
would presumably have dismissed von Herder as a "bigot" (or even an "antisemite"), but the years and events 
have shown that he, like many before him, was but a scholar speaking truth. A hundred years later, in 1899, 
another, Mr. Houston Stewart Chamberlain, looked back on what Herder had written and recorded the 
further, continuing usurpation of power: 

"A great change has taken place: the Jews play in Europe, and wherever European influence extends, a 
different part from that which they played a hundred years ago; as Viktor Hohn expresses it, we live today in 
a Jewish age'; we may think what we like about the past history of the Jews, their present history actually 
takes up so much room in our own history that we cannot possibly refuse to notice them: The 'alien' element 
emphasized by Herder has become more and more prominent. . . The direct influence of Judaism on the 19th 
Century appears for the first time as a new influence in the history of culture; it thus becomes one of the 
burning subjects of the day. This alien people has become precisely in the course of the 19th Century a 

disproportionately important and in many spheres actually dominant constituent of our life Herder said that 

'the ruder nations of Europe were willing slaves of Jewish usury'. Today Herder could say the same of by far 

the greatest part of our civilised world our governments, our law, our science, our commerce, our literature, our art, 

practically all branches of our life, have become more or less willing slaves of the Jews and drag the feudal fetter, if not yet on two, 

at least on one leg The direct influence of Judaism on the 19th century thus becomes one of the burning subjects of the day. 

We have to deal here with a question affecting not only the present, but also the future of the world. If the Jewish influence 

were to gain the upper hand in Europe in the intellectual and cultural sphere, we would have one more example of negative, 
destructive power" 

Such was the development in a hundred years from von Herder to Chamberlain. The last three 
sentences are a brilliant prognosis, for Chamberlain had not seen the proofs, which our century has brought, of 
the truth of what he 

[134] said; namely, that fantastic feat of international stage-management on the grand scale in October 1917 
when Communism (the destroyer of nationhood) and Zionism (the creator of the dominant nation) 
triumphed at the same instant! 

In the sixty years which have passed since Chamberlain wrote the process observed by him and Herder 
has gathered pace and power. The question no longer simply "affects the future of the world"; it is with us 
every day and we have no present that is not shaped by it; it has already altered the nature of the world and of 
man's lot in it. "Our governments", in the half-century that has elapsed, have become such "willing slaves" of 
the Judaic master-sect that they are in fact the bailiffs or agents of a new, international ruling-class, and not 
true governors at all. 

The West has come to this dilemma through the pressure of two millstones, Communism and 
Zionism, the nation-destroying world-revolution and the new, nation-creating, ruling-class. The one has 
incited the mob; the other has gained mastery over rulers. Are the organizers of both the same? This book 
seeks to answer the question in its remaining chapters. What is clear is that each stage in the ruination of the 
West, during these 170 years, has been accompanied by successive stages of "the return" to the promised 
land. That is an indication of common managership too strong to be set aside unless it can be conclusively 
disproved. To the "heathen" masses of Christendom the process which began with the emergence of the 
world-revolution in 1789 has been merely one of sound and fury, signifying nothing; but the student 
perceives that in majestic rhythm it fulfils The Law and The Prophets of Judah. 

The 19th Century was one of conspiracy, of which the things we witness in the 20th Century are the 
results. Conspiracy bred Communism and Zionism, and these took the future of the West in a pincer-like 
clutch. What were their origins? Why did they germinate in darkness until they broke ground together in the 
19th Century? Had they a common root? The way to answer that question is to examine the roots of each 
separately and find out if they join; and the purpose of this chapter and the next is to trace the root-idea of 

The French revolution was the wor/a'-revolution in action, not a revolution in France. From the 
moment of the event in France no doubt remains on that score. Before then people might indulge notions 
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the background of the French revolution dispels such illusions. It was the result of a plan and the work of a 
secret organization revealed before it occurred; it was not merely a French outburst produced by French 
causes. The plan behind it is the plan of Communism today; and Communism today, which is the world- 
revolution in permanence, has inherited the organization which evolved the plan. 

The French revolution of 1789 is the one that provides the key to the mystery. It forms the link 
between the English one of 1640 and the Russian one of 1917 and reveals the whole process as a planned 
and continuing one which, having 

[135] passed through these three stages, clearly will reach its final orgasm at some moment not far distant, 
probably during this century. That climax, foreseeably, will take the shape of an attempt to consummate and 
complete the worldrevolution by setting up a world-government under the control of the organization which 
has guided the revolutionary process from its start. This would establish the sway of a new ruling-class over 
the submerged nations. (As Dr. Kastein would say, it would "determine the fate of the whole world"). 

This picture, which only slowly emerged as the three centuries passed, is today clear in its historical 
perspective, where each of the three great revolutions is seen in the light thrown on it by the next: 

(1) The English revolution appeared at the time to be a spontaneous English episode, directed only 
against the pretensions, at that moment, of a particular royal house, the Stuarts, and a particular form of 
religion, called "Popery". No contemporary dreamed of considering it as the start of a »w/(/-movement 
against all religion and all legitimate government. (The ruling sect of Jewry supplied the revolutionary dictator 
with funds and by means of this, traditional "abetting" part the Jewish leaders became chief beneficiaries of 
the revolution; if they had any part in the original instigation of it, this cannot be shown, nor has any evidence 
of a long-term, master-plan behind the revolution survived). 

(2) The nature and course of the French revolution, however, puts the English one in a different light. 
It was not, and even at the time did not seem to be, a native French episode caused merely by French 
conditions. On the contrary, it followed a plan for universal revolution discovered and made public some years 
before; and the secret organization then exposed had members in many countries and all classes. Therefore 
its most characteristic acts (regicide and sacrilege), though they repeated those of the revolution in England, 
were seen not to be spontaneously vengeful deeds committed in the heat of a moment, but actions 
deliberately symbolic of a continuing plan and purpose: the destruction of all religion and all legitimate 
government, everywhere. Inevitably, this revelation leads to the surmise that the English revolution too may 
have been prepared by this secret organization with the aim of destroying all nationhood. (In the French 
revolution, as in the English one, the Judaist sect emerged as a chief beneficiary; the general emancipation of 
Jews, which came of it, was used by it as a cover for its conspiratorial work during the ensuing decades. 
Original Judaist instigation is not shown by any evidence now available.) 

Thus the French revolution, unlike the English one, demonstrably was the product of a major 
conspiracy, with worldwide aims and deep roots. From this instant, the nature of the plan was plain, but the 
conspirators, wherever they were unmasked, seemed to be a horde of individuals with no bond of union 
between them save that of the arsonist's lust for destruction. The purpose was beyond doubt, but the identity 
of the organizers was still mysterious. This half-clarified scene was depicted in famous words by a classic 
authority on the subject, Lord Acton: 


"The appalling thing in the revolution is not the tumult but the design. Through all the fire and smoke we 
perceive the evidence of calculating organisation. The Managers remain studiously concealed and masked but there is 
no doubt about their presence from the first". 

The French revolution, then, revealed a design behind revolution, and it was the design of a set purpose 
in a worldwide field. What had seemed planless at the time of the English revolution now was seen to be, or 
had become the result of a plan and a pattern, and the conspiracy clearly was of such strength and age that its 
complicity in the earlier revolution had to be allowed for. However, this second revolution still left "the 
managers" masked, so that only half of the mystery had been solved (Lord Acton died in 1902 and thus did 
not see the third revolution). 

(3) The revolution in Russia, again, opened room for new theories about the French and English 
revolutions. Its acts of regicide and sacrilege were as unmistakable an identity-card as the Muslim's greeting is 
a token of his faith; by them it informed all who wished to hear that it was still working to "the design" of 
worldwide destruction first revealed by the French revolution. Moreover, the secret, for a hundred years 
called "a lie", was no longer even denied; from 1917 on the world-revolution was avowedly permanent, 

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avowedly worldwide in purpose, and the erstwhile secret conspiracy became a political party, operating in all 
countries under orders from a central headquarters in Moscow. 

Thus the Russian revolution threw a brighter light on the French one, clarifying its outlines and 
origins. However, in the matter of the "studiously concealed" and "masked" managers, the Russian revolution 
threw an entirely different light on the two earlier ones, or at the least it opened up conjectures about their 
possible origins which none had previously spent much thought upon. The "managers" of the revolution in 
Russia were nearly all Eastern Jews. On this occasion the significant, symbolic acts of regicide and sacrilege 
were committed by Jews and a law was enacted which in effect forbade all discussion of the part played by 
Jews, or by "the Jewish question", in these events or in public affairs at all. 

Thus vital questions were answered and what was a great mystery in 1789 became plain in 1917. The 
great benefit which today's student derives from the French revolution is the proof, supplied by it, of the 
existence of a design for world-revolution, and of an organisation which pursued that destructive ambition. Its 
existence and activity made the 19th Century the century of the grand conspiracy. A sense of evil things 
stirring in dark places, like the sounds which a prisoner in a dungeon awaits at night, disquietened men and 
nations. This was the feeling imparted by conspiracy to the enpested air around. From the moment of the 
French revolution men intuitively knew that they lived with conspiracy in their midst; in our day, which has 
suffered its effects, we can at least see with what we have to deal, if we look, and may say that it is the devil 
that we 
[137] know. 

Perhaps the greatest disservice that Napoleon did was, by his campaigns and glittering exploits to 
distract men's thoughts from the much greater danger that menaced them: the world-revolution and its secret 
"managers". But for him they might have paid more attention to the conspiracy, for they had the proof of its 

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Chapter 20 


This proof was given when the papers of Adam Weishaupt's secret society of "Illuminati" were seized 
by the Bavarian Government in 1786 and published in 1787. The original blueprint of wrty-revolution, and 
the existence of a powerful organization with members in the highest places, were then revealed. From that 
moment on no doubt remained that all countries and classes of society contained men who were leagued 
together to destroy all legitimate government and all religion. The conspiratorial organization burrowed 
underground again after its exposure, but survived and pursued its plan, bursting into full public view in 
1917. Since then, as Communism, it has openly pursued the aims disclosed by the Bavarian Government's 
coup of 1786, by the methods then also revealed. 

The publication of the Weishaupt documents came about by a chance as curious as that of the 
preservation of Mr. Whittaker Chambers's documents in 1948.* They were only a residue, remaining after the 
bulk had been destroyed, for something of the Illuminati's doings and designs had become known before 
1786, partly through the boastings of its members, partly through the disclosures of some who (like Mr. 
Chambers 160 years later) revolted against the company in which they found themselves when they 
comprehended its true nature. Thus the Dowager Duchess Maria Anna of Bavaria in 1783 received 
information from former Illuminates that the order was teaching that religion should be regarded as nonsense 
(Lenin's "opiate for the people") and patriotism as puerility, that suicide was justifiable, that life should be 
ruled by passion rather than reason, that one might poison one's enemies, and the like. As a result of this and 
other information the Duke of Bavaria in 1785 issued an edict against the Illuminati; the order was indicted 
as a branch of Freemasonry, and government officials, members of the armed services, professors, teachers 
and students were forbidden to join it. A general ban was laid on the formation of secret societies (that is, 
bodies which banded together without making registration, as the law required). 

* Mr. Whittaker Chambers, an impressionable, rather morbid young American, was "captured" by the 
Communists at Columbia University, New York, in 1925 and became an agent and courier who, working 
under an alias, conveyed stolen official documents to his Communist superiors. In 1938 he sickened of his 
bondage and fled the party. In 1939, appalled by the alliance between Communism and Hitlerism, he tried to 
inform President Roosevelt of the infestation of government departments by Communist agents, and of the 
espionage that went on, but was rudely rebuffed, being told by a presidential emissary to "go jump in the 
lake". As a precaution, he had secreted his proofs (photographs of hundreds of secret official documents) in a 
disused lift-shaft and in the course of years forgot them, for he heard nothing more until 1948! Then his 
name was mentioned in the course of an enquiry arising out of disclosures made by another former 
Communist agent, and he was sub-poenaed to give evidence. He did this and was at once sued for libel by a 
high government official, Mr. Alger Hiss, whom he incriminated of stealing highly secret papers and 
conveying them, through Mr. Chambers, to the Communists. For his own protection he then sought out his 
relative in New York and asked if the package, secreted in the disused service-lift shaft ten years before, was 
still there. Covered with dust, it was, and the enormity of its contents, examined again after ten years, startled 
even Mr. Chambers. He hid the packet in a pumpkin on his farm, where at last it came to light of day when 
his defence against the libel charge had to be produced. This led to the conviction of his accuser, Mr. Hiss, 
and to the partial exposure of a condition of Communist infestation in the American Government so deep 
and widespread, that American state policy obviously must, during the entire period of the Second World 
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This interdict (which obviously could not be made effective; secret organizations cannot be suppressed 
by decree) put the conspirators on guard, so that (as the two historians of the Illuminati relate, Messrs. C.F. 
Forestier and Leopold Engel) "a considerable amount of the most valuable papers of the order where either 
carefully concealed or burned" and "few documents survive, for most of them were destroyed and external 
relationships were broken off, in order to avert suspicion"; in other words, the order went deep underground. 
Thus the documents which were found, in 1786, represent only a minimum. M.Forestier says that in 1784 (the 
last year in which it tended rather to vaunt its power than to conceal it) the order stretched from its Bavarian 
base "over all Central Europe, from the Rhine to the Vistula and from the Alps to the Baltic; its members 
included young people who were later to apply the principles instilled into them, officials of all kinds who put 
their influence at its service, members of the clergy whom it inspired to be 'tolerant' and princes whose 
protection it was able to claim and whom it hoped to control". The reader will see that this is a picture of 
Communism today, save for the allusion to "princes"; the number of these has diminished almost to nothing 
since 1784. 

However, the papers which were found and published, if they did not show the full range of the 
Illuminati's membership and connections, especially in France, Britain and America, nevertheless exposed the 
nature of the secret society and its all-destructive ambition. An Illuminist emissary was struck by lightning on 
a journey to Silesia in 1785. Papers found on him caused the houses of two Illuminist leaders to be searched. 
Correspondence between "Spartacus" (Adam Weishaupt) and the "Areopagites" (his closest associates in the 
order), and other papers then found revealed the full plan for world-revolution with which we of the 20th 
Century have become familiar through its results and under the name of "Communism". 

None can believe today that this grandiose plan of destruction originated in the brain of one Bavarian 
professor, or resist the conclusion that (as Mrs. Nesta Webster suggests) Weishaupt and his allies did not 
create, but only loosed upon the world a live and terrible force that had lain dormant for many centuries. 

When he founded his Illuminati, on May 1, 1776, Weishaupt was dean of the faculty of law at 
Ingolstadt University (in our day university professors who are secret Communists are often to be found in 
the faculties of law). He had been brought up by the Jesuits, whom he came to hate, and he borrowed from 
them, and perverted to the opposite purpose, their secret of organization: the method which (as his associate 
Mirabeau said) "under one head, made men dispersed over the universe tend towards the same goal". This idea, of 
leagueing men together in secret conspiracy and using them to achieve an aim which they do not 
comprehend, pervades the entire mass of letters and other Illuminist documents seized by the Bavarian 

The idea is presented with ardent fondness and the many ways of realizing it 
[140] are of high ingenuity. The accumulated experience of ages, in conspiracy, must have been drawn on and 
Mrs. Nesta Webster, in her search for the source of this morbid and perverse doctrine, found herself led back 
to the start of the Christian era and further. For instance, M. Silvestre de Sacy says that the method used by 
the Ismailis (a subversive sect within Islam in the 8th Century) was to enlist "partisans in all places and in all 
classes of society" in the attempt to destroy their professed faith and government; the Ismaili leader, Abdullah 
ibn Maymun, set out "to unite in the form of a vast secret society with many degrees of initiation 
freethinkers, who regarded religion only as a curb for the people, and bigots of all sects". The achievement of 
Abdulla ibn Maymun, according to another authority, M. Reinhart Dozy, was that "by means such as these 
the extraordinary result was brought about that a multitude of men of divers beliefs were all working together 
for an object known only to a few of them". These quotations exactly describe both the aims, methods and 
achievement of Adam Weishaupt and of Communism and they could be multiplied by extracts from the 
literature of the Cabalists, the Gnostics and the Manicheans. 

The Weishaupt documents are incontestably authentic; the Bavarian Government unwittingly 
forestalled any attempt to cry "Forgery" (in the manner made familiar in our century) by inviting any who 
were interested to inspect the original documents in the Archives at Munich. 

They revealed three main things: first, the aims of the society; second, the method of organization; and 
third, the membership, at least in a relatively restricted area (chiefly, the South German States). These three 
matters will be separately discussed here. 

The basic idea, made abundantly clear in the correspondence between "Spartacus" and his 
pseudonymous fellow-conspirators, was to destroy all established authority, nationhood and religion, and 
thus to clear the way for the rise of a new ruling class, that of the Illuminates. The society's aims, as summed 
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human race to the happy state in which it formed only a single family without artificial needs, without useless 
sciences, every father being priest and magistrate; priest of we know not what religion, for in spite of their 
frequent invocations of the God of Nature, many indications lead us to conclude that Weishaupt had no 
other God than Nature herself. 

This is confirmed by Weishaupt; "Princes and nations will disappear . . . Reason will be the only code 
of man". In all his writings he completely eliminated any idea of divine power outside Man. 

The attack on "kings and princes" was merely "cover" for the true attack, on all nationhood (as time has 
shown; now that the supply of kings and princes has given out Communism impartially destroys proletarian 
prime ministers and politicians); and that on "priests" was a disguise for the real attack, on all religion. The 
true aim, in both cases, is revealed in Weishaupt's own 

[141] correspondence with his intimates; the false one was professed to inferior agents of the society, or to 
the public if it ever got wind of Illuminist doings. Weishaupt's great skill in enlisting important people, who 
joined him in the belief that they were thus proving themselves "progressive" or "liberal", is shown by the 
number of princes and priests who were found in his secret membership-lists. 

The best example of his success, and of his quick adaptability of method, is given by the case of 
religion. His attack on religion was a much more daring and startling thing in his day than in ours, when we 
have lived long enough with open Communism to become familiar with a proposition which in Weishaupt's 
day must have seemed scarcely credible: that man, having once found his way to the idea of God, should of 
his own will retrace his footsteps! 

Weishaupt's original idea was to make Fire Worship the religion of Illuminism. This was unlikely ever 
to bring recruits from the rank s of the clergy, and he hit on a better idea, which brought them in numbers. 
He averred that Jesus had had "a secret doctrine", never openly revealed, which could be found by the 
diligent between the lines of the Gospels. This secret doctrine was to abolish religion and establish reason in 
its place: "when at last Reason becomes the religion of man so will the problem be solved". The idea of 
joining a secret society of which Jesus had been the true founder, and of following an example set by Jesus in 
using words to disguise meaning, proved irresistible to the many clerics who then passed through the door 
thus opened to them. They were figures of a new kind in their day; in ours the Communist cleric has become 

The Illuminist leaders privately mocked them. "Spartacus's" chief collaborator "Philo" (the Hanoverian 
Baron von Knigge) wrote, "We say then, Jesus wished to introduce no new religion, but only to restore 
natural religion and reason to their old rights . . . There are many passages in the Bible which can be made use 
of and explained, and so all quarrelling between the sects ceases if one can find a reasonable meaning in the 
teaching of Jesus, be it true or not , . . Now therefore that people see that we are the only real and true Christians, we 
can say a word more against priests and princes, but I have so managed that after previous tests I can receive 
pontiffs and kings in this degree. In the higher Mysteries we must then (a) disclose the pious fraud and (b) reveal from 
all writings the origin of all religious lies and their connexion . . ." 

"Spartacus" happily commented, "You cannot imagine what sensation our Priest's degree is arousing. 
The most wonderful thing is that great Protestant and reformed theologians who belong to Illuminism still 
believe that the religious teaching imparted in it contains the true and genuine spirit of the Christian religion. 
Oh, man, of what cannot you be persuaded! I never thought that I should become the founder of a new 

Through this success in persuading clerics that irreligion was the true faith and antichrist the true 
Christianity Weishaupt made great strides in Bavaria. He recorded that all non-Illuminist professors had been 
driven from Ingolstadt 

[142] University, that the society had provided its clerical members with "good benefices, parishes, posts at 
court", that the schools were Illuminist-controlled, and that the seminary for young priests would soon be 
captured, whereon "we shall be able to provide the whole of Bavaria with proper priests". 

Weishaupt's attack on religion was the most distinctive feature of his doctrine. His ideas about "the 
god of Reason" and "the god of Nature" bring his thought very close to Judaic thought, in its relation to the 
Gentiles, and as Illuminism became Communism, and Communism came under Jewish leadership, this might 
be significant. The Judaic Law also lays down that the Gentiles (who as such are excluded from the world to 
come) are entitled only to the religion of nature and of reason which Weishaupt taught. Moses 
Mendelssohn,* as quoted in his Memoirs, says: 

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"Our rabbis unanimously teach that the written and oral laws which form conjointly our revealed 
religion are obligatory on our nation only: 'Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation 
of Jacob'. We believe that all other nations of the earth have been directed by God to adhere to the laws of nature . . . 
Those who regulate their lives according to the precepts of this religion of nature and of reason are called virtuous 
men of other nations . . ." 

In this authoritative view, then, God himself excluded the Gentiles from his congregation and 
commanded them to live merely according to the laws of nature and of reason. Thus Weishaupt was directing 
them to do just what the Jewish god directed them to do. If the Talmudic rabbis had no part in inspiring 
Illuminism (and research cannot discover any) the reason why they later took a 

* Moses Mendelssohn wrote this nearly two hundred years ago and it correctly defines the Judaist 
attitude toward Kipling's "lesser breeds without the Law". In our day (1955) a proposal was being bruited in 
Jewry to bring the lesser breeds nominally within the Judaist fold while perpetuating their inferiority and 
exclusion. As the reader of this book will recall, in the pre-Christian era proselytes were sought, but from the 
start of the Christian period Judaist hostility to conversion has been firm and even fierce (with the one 
exception of the mass-conversion of the Mongolian Khazars, from whom today's Ashkenazi sprang) and the 
Talmud says that "proselytes are annoying to Israel like a scab". 

In 1955 a young Reform rabbi, born in Germany but living in America, suggested that the time had 
come for Judaism to undertake missionary work among the Gentiles. The basis he laid down was identical 
with Moses Mendelssohn's dictum; this rabbi, Mr. Jakob Petuchowski, merely succeeded in finding a solution 
to what had seemed to Mendelssohn an insoluble difficulty ("Pursuant to the principles of my religion, I am 
not to seek to convert anyone who is not born according to our laws; . . the Jewish religion is diametrically 
opposed to it" i.e., conversion). 

Mr. Petuchowski proposed, in fact, that conversions made by his proposed mission should be on a 
basis which would give the convert a status, in relation to the original Jews, rather comparable with that of 
the American Negro, during the slavery era, to the white folk in the big plantation house. The converts would 
be required (in other words, permitted) only to obey the "Seven Laws of Noah ", (the allusion is presumably 
to the ninth chapter of Genesis), and not the hundreds of commands and vetoes attributed to God by the 
"Mosaic Law". In this way the "lesser breeds" would apparently receive, at the hands of Judaism, the "religion 
of nature and of reason" recommended for them by Adam Weishaupt and Moses Mendelssohn alike. If they 
then called themselves "Jews", this would be rather as the plantation Negro took his owner's family-name. 

This ingenious proposal may have been prompted by the reflection that Jewish power in the world is 
now so great that a solution to the problem of the status of the "lesser breeds" will have to be found, if "The 
Law" is to be literally "observed". Mr. Petuchowski's own words were, "Religious Jews do believe that the 
plans for God's kingdom on earth have been delivered into their keeping. . . Those Gentiles, therefore, who 
have this larger salvation at heart, should be made acquainted with what Judaism has to offer, and should be 
invited to cast in their lot with the household of Israel". 

What was here "offered" was in fact "the religion of nature and reason". 

[143] directing part in Communism seems here to become plain. 

So much for the aims of the Illuminati. They are those of Communism today, unchanged. As for the 
method, every baseness of which human beings are capable was listed for exploitation in the cause of 
recruitment. Among the papers were found two packets which particularly horrified public opinion at the 
time. They contained documents laying down the order's right to exercise the law of life and death over its 
members, a eulogy of atheism, the description of a machine for the automatic destruction of secret papers, 
and prescriptions for procuring abortion, counterfeiting seals, making poisonous perfumes and secret ink, 
and the like. Today, again, the contents of a Communist laboratory are familiar to any who follow such 
matters, but in 1787 the effect of this disclosure, in Catholic Bavaria, was like a glimpse of the antechamber 
of Hades. 

Weishaupt' s papers included a diagram illustrating the way in which he exercised control over his 
organization. It shows what might be a section of chain-mail, or of honeycomb, and is identical with the 
celebrated "cell" system on which Communism is built today. It is the product of an intelligence of the 
highest kind (and, obviously, of centuries of experience; methods of this sort cannot be devised without a 
long process of trial and error). The secret is that damage to such a structure cannot be more than local, the 
main fabric remaining always unimpaired and capable of repair. If a few links, or cells, are destroyed these can 
be made good in due time, and meanwhile the organization continues, substantially unharmed. 

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At the centre of this web sat Weishaupt, and held all threads in his hands. "One must show how easy it 
would be for one clever head to direct hundreds and thousands of men", he wrote above the diagram, and 
below it he added, "I have two immediately below me into whom I breathe my whole spirit, and each of these 
two has again two others, and so on. In this way I can set a thousand men in motion and on fire in the 
simplest manner, and in this way one must impart orders and operate on politics". 

When the Illuminist papers were published most of its members first learned that Weishaupt was its 
head, for he was known only to his close associates. The mass knew only that, somewhere above them, was a 
"beloved leader" or "big brother", a Being all-wise, kindly but stern, who through them would reshape the 
world. Weishaupt had in fact achieved the "extraordinary result" ascribed to Abdulla ibn Maymun in Islam: 
under him "a multitude of men of divers beliefs were all working together for an object known only to a few 
of them". 

The fact that each dupe only knew his two neighbour dupes would not alone have been enough to 
bring about that result. How were the Illuminates kept together? The answer is that Weishaupt discovered, or 
received from some higher intelligence the secret on which the cohesive strength of the world-revolution 
rests today, under Communism: terror! 

All Illuminates took "illuminated" names, which they used in their dealings 
[144] with each other, and in all correspondence. This practice of the alias, or "cover name", has been 
continued to the present-day. The members of the Communist governments which usurped power in Russia 
in 1917 were known to the world, for the first time in history, by aliases (and are so known to posterity also). 
The exposures of 1945-1955 in America, England, Canada and Australia showed that the men who worked as 
Communist agents in the governments of these countries used "cover-names", in the way begun by 

Weishaupt organized his society in grades, or circles, the outer rings of which contained the new 
recruits and lesser dupes. Advancement through the grades was supposed to bring initiation into further 
chapters of the central mystery. Weishaupt preferred the enrolment of young men at their most 
impressionable ages, between 15 and 30. (This practice also was continued into our day; Messrs. Alger Hiss, 
Harry Dexter White, Whittaker Chambers, Donald Maclean, Guy Burgess and others were all "netted" at 
their American or English universities). Other grades or degrees were added as the circle of recruitment 
widened, or especial obstacles to it were discovered; the example of religion has already been given, and in 
this case also Communism, by making use of the suggestion that Jesus was the first Communist, has followed 
Weishaupt's precedent, merely changing "Illuminist" to "Communist". In this approach to prospective 
members the manner of the invitation, "Will you walk into my parlour?", was varied to meet individual cases. 

The young men who were recruited for the conspiracy were sworn in with much intimidating 
ceremonial, including a significant mockery of the Christian sacrament. They were required to supply a 
dossier about their parents, listing their "dominant passions", and to spy on each other. Both these ideas are 
basic in Communism and one possibly original source of them is the "Mosaic Law", where the obligation to 
denounce kinsfolk who incur suspicion of heresy, and to place "a guard upon my guard", is included in the 
"statutes and judgments". 

The young Illuminate was made to feel that he would never know how many eyes of unknown 
superiors might be on him (he only knew his immediate superiors); he was taught to inform on those around 
him and inferred that they informed on him. This is the basic principle of terror, which can never be 
completely established merely by killing, torture or imprisonment; only the knowledge that he can trust no 
man, not his own son or father or friend, reduces the human victim to utter submission. Since Weishaupt's 
day this secret terror has been resident in the West. Those who have no personal experience of it may gain 
understanding of the power it wields in our day, even many thousands of miles from its central headquarters, 
by reading Mr. Whittaker Chambers's description of his flight into concealment after he resolved to break 
with his Communist masters. 

As to the membership of the Illuminati, the papers discovered showed that, after ten years of 
existence, it had several thousand members, many of them in 

[145] important civil positions where they could exert influence on the acts of rulers and governments. They 
even included rulers: the contemporary Marquis de Luchet relates that some thirty reigning and non-reigning 
princes had gutlessly joined an order, the masters of which were sworn to destroy them! It included the 
Dukes of Brunswick, Gotha and Saxe- Weimar, princes of Hesse and Saxe-Gotha, and the Elector of Mainz; 
Metternich, Pestalozzi the educationist, ambassadors and politicians and professors. 

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Above all others, it included the man who, twenty years later, was to write the world's most famous 
masterpiece on the theme of the youth who sold his soul to the devil. The inference that Faust was in truth 
the story of Goethe and Illuminism is hard to resist; its theme is essentially the same as that of Witness and 
other works which, in our day, have been written by men who escaped from Communism. 

These lists were obviously not even complete, for the reason previously given, that precautions had 
already been taken before the Bavarian authorities raided the dwellings of Weishaupt's chief associates in 
1786. For the same reason, the documents discovered only show a part of the area over which the Illuminati 
had spread; Weishaupt's own diagram showed that the secret order was constructed in such a way that 
detection should never uncover or damage more than a segment. It is possible, for the same reason again, 
that Weishaupt was but a group or area leader, and that the high directorate of what demonstrably was a 
world-revolutionary organization was never unmasked. 

What is certain is that, although the Illuminist documents contained no names or other indications to 
show its power in France, the French revolution, when it began three years later, developed into an attack on 
all civil authority and all religion, exactly of the kind planned by Weishaupt and his associates. From that day 
to this writers in the service of the world-revolution (their name is legion, in all countries) have never ceased 
to deny all connexion whatsoever between Illuminism and the French Revolution; they artlessly argue that, as 
the secret society was forbidden in 1786, it cannot have had anything to do with an event in 1789. 

The truth is that Illuminism, though forbidden, was no more extirpated than Communism would be by 
a legal ban today, and that its agents gave the French revolution those brandmarks which identify it as the 
work of the world revolutionaries, not of discontented French people. The acts of the Reign of Terror were of 
a nature unimaginable before they were committed, but they had long been familiar, in imagination, to the 
Illuminati. In what other minds could the idea have taken shape that the vessels of the sacramental supper 
should be borne by an ass in public procession through the streets of Paris? They were nurtured in the 
ancient tradition of such mockery, and their own initiates were admitted in a ceremony mocking the 
sacrament. In what brain but Weishaupt's could the notion of enthroning an actress as Goddess of Reason in 
Notre Dame 
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"For the purpose of infernal evocation ... it is requisite ... to profane the ceremonies of the religion 
to which one belongs and to trample its holiest symbols underfoot"; this is Mr. A.E. Wake's description of 
the formula of black magic, and black magic and satanism were two of the ingredients in the Illuminist brew. 

Weishaupt and his intimates, or perhaps his masters, proposed to enter into France through their 
agents, secret Illuminates, in high places. In this century we have seen what great results can be achieved by 
this method, the aborted result of the Second World War, and the condition of armed truce in which it has 
left the world, was brought about by such men as Hiss and White and the higher men who protected them. 
Weishaupt selected the perfect way of gaining such power over French affairs and events: through another, 
very powerful secret society, which he permeated and captured by the methods laid down in his papers. This 
was Grand Orient Freemasonry. 

The plan to acquire control of Freemasonry through Illuminist agents, and the success achieved, is 
plainly stated in Weishaupt's papers. First he records that, "I have succeeded in obtaining a profound glimpse 
into the secrets of the Freemasons; I know their whole aim and shall impart it all at the right time in one of 
the higher degrees". At a later stage he gave a general order for his "Areopagites" to enter Freemasonry: 
"Then we shall have a masonic lodge of our own. . . we shall regard this as our nursery garden. . . at every 
opportunity we shall cover ourselves with this . . ." (i.e., Freemasonry). 

This device of advancing "under cover" (which is still basic in Communism today) was the guiding 
principle: "If only the aim is achieved, it does not matter under what cover it takes place; and a cover is always 
necessary. For in concealment lies a great part of our strength. For this reason we must always cover ourselves 
with the name of another society. The lodges that are under Freemasonry are in the meantime the most 
suitable cloak for our high purpose ... a society concealed in this manner cannot be worked against. . . In 
case of a prosecution or of treason the superiors cannot be discovered. . . We shall be shrouded in impenetrable 
darkness from spies and emissaries of other societies". 

Today's Communist method, once again, may be clearly recognized in these words; they could be 
applied to the "capture" of parties, associations and societies in our day without change of a syllable. The 
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outbreak of the French revolution, by the Duke of Brunswick, Grand Master of German Freemasonry, who 
had also been an Illuminate. In 1794 he dissolved the order with words of pained surprise: 

". . . We see our edifice" (i.e., Freemasonry) "crumbling and covering the ground with ruins; we see 
destruction that our hands no longer arrest. . . A great sect arose, which taking for its motto the good and the 
happiness of man, worked in the darkness of the conspiracy to make the happiness of humanity a prey for 
[147] itself. This sect is known to everyone; its brothers are known no less than its name. It is they who have 
undermined the foundations of the Order to the point of complete overthrow; it is by them that all humanity 
has been poisoned and led astray for several generations . . . They began by casting odium on religion . . . the 
plan they had formed for breaking all social ties and destroying all order was revealed in all their speeches and 
acts . . . they recruited apprentices of every rank and in every position; they deluded the most perspicacious men by 
falsely alleging different intentions. . . Their masters had nothing less in view than the thrones of the earth, and the 
government of the nations was to be directed by their nocturnal clubs. This is what has been done and is still 
being done. But we notice that princes and people are unaware how and by what means this is being 
accomplished. That is why we say to them in all frankness: the misuse of our Order . . . has produced all the 
political and moral troubles with which the world is filled today. You who have been initiated, you must join 
yourselves with us in raising your voices, so as to teach peoples and princes that the sectarians, the apostates of our 
Order, have alone been and will be the authors of present and future revolutions ... So as to cut out to the roots the abuse 
and error, we must from this moment dissolve the whole Order. . . " 

In this quotation the present narrative has jumped five years ahead of events, in order to show that 
one of the leading Freemasons of that generation, himself a penitent, identified the Illuminati as the authors 
of the French revolution and of future revolutions. Weishaupt's success in his declared intention of capturing 
Freemasonry from within, and the part then played by Illuminist agents inside Freemasonry in directing the 
revolution, could not be attested by a better authority than the Grand Master of German Freemasonry 

Under this injected influence Freemasonry, which was very strong in France, took an extreme course 
and produced the Jacobin clubs; these, again under Illuminst influence, presided over the Reign of Terror, 
when the masked authors of the revolution revealed its true nature by their deeds. Like the Russian 
revolution 130 years later, the one in France then displayed its hatred of the poor and defenceless more than 
of the rich, of the peasants of the Vendee more than their supposed oppressors, of all beauty as such, of 
churches and religion, of everything that might uplift the human soul above the level of animal needs and 

Adam Weishaupt himself became a Freemason in 1777, the year after he founded the Illuminati, being 
received into a Munich lodge. Count Mirabeau, the later revolutionary leader in France, was privy both to 
Weishaupt's intention to join and to the secret reason for it, for his Memoirs included a paper, dated 1776, 
which set out a programme identical with that of the Illuminati, and in his History of the Prussian Monarchy 
he refers to Weishaupt and to the Illuminati by name and says: 

"The Lodge Theodore de Bon Conseil at Munich, where there were a few men 
[148] with brains and hearts, was tired of being tossed about by the vain promises and quarrels of Masonry. 
The heads resolved to graft on to their branch another secret association to which they gave the name of the Order of the 
Illumines. They modelled it on the Society of Jesus, whilst proposing to themselves views diametrically opposed". 

This is the exact intention and method described by Weishaupt in his own correspondence, and this is 
the proof that Mrabeau, the later revolutionary leader, knew of it at the time, that is in 1776. Moreover, his 
words suggest that the secret society of the Illuminati was founded with the express intention of gaining 
control of Freemasonry and of instigating and directing revolution through it. That Mirabeau was party to the 
whole undertaking from the start is suggested by the fact that the memoir of 1776 (the year in which the 
Illuminati were founded) ascribes to him the Illuminist "cover-name" of Arcesilas, so that he must have been 
a founder member, with Adam Weishaupt, and a leading Illuminate thereafter. Mirabeau, as the link between 
Weishaupt and the French Revolution, cannot be ignored. The editor of his Memoirs, M. Barthou, remarks 
that the "plan of reform" of 1776, found among Mirabeau's papers, "resembles very much in certain parts the 
work accomplished later by the Constituent Assembly" (the revolutionary parliament of 1789). That is 
another way of saying that the work of the Constituent Assembly very much resembled Adam Weishaupt's 
plan of 1776, when he and Mirabeau together were founding the Illuminati and planning together to gain 
control of Freemasonry. 

The other stages in Weishaupt's underground capture of Freemasonry are also clear in the record. At 
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many recruits that the Order of the Strict Observance, previously the most powerful body in Freemasonry, 
ceased to exist. The way to complete victory in the Masonic world was opened when the Illuminati enlisted 
the two most important personages in German Freemasonry, Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick (the later 
penitent) and Prince Carl of Hesse. 

In 1785 Illuminst emissaries attended another general congress, in Paris, and from that moment the 
detailed planning of the revolution seems to have become the task of the Lodge of the Amis Reunis, which 
was a "cover" for the Illuminati. The blurring of traces at this point is the result of the notoriety which the 
order gained in Bavaria, its proscription in the following year, 1786, and the destruction of evidence. 
Nevertheless, in 1787, the same emissaries visited Paris at the invitation of the secret committee of the Lodge. 

Even before the revolution had really developed, the fact that it was instigated and directed by 
Illuminism was known and published. The indictment and the warning uttered by the Marquis de Luchet 
stands out today as an astonishingly accurate prediction, not only of the course which the revolution would 
take in France, but of the continuing course of the world revolution down to our day. As 
[149] early as 1789 he wrote: 

"Learn that there exists a conspiracy in favour of despotism against liberty, of in capacity against talent; 
of vice against virtue, of ignorance against enlightenment . . . This society aims at governing the world ... Its 
object is universal domination . . . No such calamity has ever yet afflicted the world ..." 

De Luchet precisely depicted the role which the monarch was to be forced to play during the 
Girondist phase ("see him condemned to serve the passions of all that surround him ... to raise degraded 
men to power, to prostitute his judgment by choices that dishonour his prudence"), and the plight in which 
the revolution would leave France ("We do not mean to say that the country where the Illumines reign will 
cease to exist, but it will fall into such a degree of humiliation that it will no longer count in politics, that the 
population will diminish . . ."). If his warning went unheeded, cried de Luchet, there would be "a series of 
calamities of which the end is lost in the darkness of time . . . a subterranean fire smouldering eternally and breaking 
forth periodically in violent and devastating explosions" . 

The events of the last 165 years have not been better described than in these words of de Luchet, 
which foretold them. He also foresaw the "liberal and progressive" patron of the revolution who was to help 
greatly in bringing about the "violent and devastating explosions" of these 165 years: "there are too many 
passion s interested in supporting the system of the Illumines, too many deluded rulers, imagining themselves 
enlightened, ready to precipitate their people into the abyss". He foresaw the continuing strength and clutch 
of the conspiracy: "the heads of the Order will never relinquish the authority they have acquired nor the 
treasure at their disposal". De Luchet called on Freemasonry to cleanse its stable while time remained: "would 
it not be possible to direct the Freemasons themselves against the Illumines by showing them that, whilst 
they are working to maintain harmony in society, those others are everywhere sowing seeds of discord and 
preparing the ultimate destruction of their order?" 165 years later, in Britain and America, men were calling 
on their governments in just such words, and just as vainly, to cleanse the public offices and services of the 
Illumines, by then called Communists. 

The measure of de Luchet's foresight is given by the fact that he wrote in 1789, when the French 
revolution was hardly a revolution; it was universally held to be merely a mild, health-giving reform which 
would leave the monarch a wise meed of power, amend obvious evils, and establish justice and freedom for 
ever in a happy, regenerated France! That was still the general belief in 1790, when across the Channel 
another man saw the true nature of the revolution and "predicted with uncanny accuracy the course of 
events", to quote his biographer of more than a century later, Mr. John Morley. 

Edmund Burke, an Irishman, was one of the greatest orators the British House of Commons ever saw. 
Time is the test of such a man's quality, and as the years pass the phrases of his attack on the French 
revolution ring ever more nobly; as in 

[150] de Luchet's case, the remarkable thing is that it was published in 1790, when the names of Robespierre 
and Danton were hardly known, before the word "republic" had been heard, when the king looked forward 
to long years of constitutional reign, when all France was joyfully celebrating the peaceful improvement that 
had been effected. Across this happy scene fell suddenly the shadow of Burke's outstretched arm, pointing 
"like an inspired prophet" to the doom to come. His biographer says, "It is no wonder that when the cloud 
burst and the doom was fulfilled men turned to Burke as they turned of old to Ahitopheth, whose counsel 
was as if men enquired of the oracle of God". 

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Unhappily that is not a true picture of what occurred when Burke's warning was fulfilled. Very many 
men turned against Burke, not to him, precisely because he had spoken the truth; indeed, the power which the 
conspiracy even at that time wielded over the press and public debate is most clearly shown by the way 
flattery of him was suddenly turned into attack and defamation after he published his Reflections on the 
revolution. The Illumines, and the "liberal and progressive" organs and speakers controlled by them, had 
greatly counted on Edmund Burke, because he had upheld the cause of the American colonists a decade 
earlier. How could he support one revolution and attack another, they asked angrily, and Burke came under 
the kind of general attack which the united press, in our generation, keeps in its locker for any man who 
publicly demands the investigation of Communism-in-government. 

Had Burke followed the "progressive" line, and pretended that the French revolution would help "the 
common man", the flattery of him would have continued, but in that case nothing he said would have been 
of enduring value, or have been remembered today. As it is, the inspired words of his attack on the revolution 
have the imperishable gleam of gold: "It is gone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which 
felt a stain like a wound . . . The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators, has 
succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever". 

If these words, too, were inspired prophecy (and in 1955 they look truer than they were even in 1790) 
Christendom and the West at least found an eloquent and noble mourner in Edmund Burke. For he knew the 
difference between "revolutions" as clearly as he saw the true shape of the event in France. He was not to be 
bamboozled by the fact that somebody had miscalled a colonial war of independence, led by country squires, 
a "revolution". As a genuine friend of liberty, he had supported the colonists' bid to govern themselves and 
be masters in their own household. There was no resemblance whatever between their motives and those of 
the secret men who, as Burke saw, were behind the revolution in France. Therefore he stretched out his 
accusing hand and was as heedless of the reproaches of "liberal" and "progressive" as he had been of their 
flattery on the earlier occasion (assuredly Edmund Burke knew that their praise then had not been prompted 
by any sympathy with New England merchants or 
[151] Southern plantation-owners). 

In America, at that moment, the general feeling about the event in France was a deluded one, 
produced by the confusion of ideas which Burke rejected. There was, for the time being, a popular notion 
that another benign "revolution" had occurred, somewhat similar to the "American revolution". There was a 
transient "French Frenzy", when Americans wore cockades and liberty-caps, danced, feasted and paraded 
beneath intertwined French and American flags, and shouted "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity". With the Reign 
of Terror, this phase of illusion was followed by one of revulsion and horror. 

The Jacobin leaders directed the Reign of Terror and, as good Illuminates, used classic pseudonyms in 
the manner initiated by "Spartacus" Weishaupt himself: Chaumette was Anaxagoras, Clootz (described as a 
Prussian baron) was Anarcharsis, Danton Horace, Lacroix Publicola and Ronsin Scaevola. These terrorists, 
when they succeeded the Kerensky-phase, faithfully carried out the plan of the Illuminati, and by the killing 
of a king and the desecration of churches gave expression to its two chief ideas: the destruction of all 
legitimate government and of all religion. Yet even they were apparently only tools, for a contemporary, 
Lombard de Langres, wrote of that "most secret convention which directed everything after May 31, an 
occult and terrible power of which the other Convention became the slave and which was composed of the 
prime initiates of llluminism. This power was above Robespierre and the committees of the government. . . it was this occult 
power which appropriated to itself the treasures of the nation and distributed them to the brothers and 
friends who had helped on the great work". 

It is this picture of men in high places doing the will of some hidden, but palpably directing, supreme 
sect that gives the revolution the aspect of a demoniac puppet-show, played against flickering red flames amid 
the odour of brimstone. The revolution, not the French revolution; whatever the true nature of the English 
one, since 1 789 there has only been one, continuous revolution. There have not been episodic, disconnected 
outbreaks, in 1848 and 1905 and so on, but those recurrent eruptions of "a subterranean fire smouldering 
eternally" which de Luchet and Burke foresaw before the event. What is historically of great value in the annals 
of the French revolution, however, is the proof, which they afford, of the use of men for a purpose 
uncomprehended by them. This gives the revolution, then and now, its peculiar and satanic imprint; it is, as 
Lombard de Langres wrote, "the code of hell". 

When the revolution was ebbing, three men arose, in France, England and America, who saw three 
things plainly: that its course had followed the chart revealed by the Illuminati papers in 1787; that this secret 
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conspirators, with its continuing plan for world revolution, had survived and was preparing the further 
"violent and devastating explosions" foretold by 

[152] de Luchet. These three men were the Abbe Baruel, a Jesuit and eyewitness of the revolution; Professor 
John Robison a Scottish scientist who for over twenty years was general secretary of the Royal Society of 
Edinburgh; and the Rev. Jedediah Morse, a New England clergyman and geographer. They were all 
distinguished men. The Abbe Baruel's and Professor Robison's books and Mr. Morse's published sermons (all 
1797-8) went into many editions and are still indispensable to students of the time. Their works and words 
gained much public attention and they were supported from Philadelphia, in his Porcupine 's Gazette, by 
William Cobbett, who seems to have been driven into exile by the same occult power which set out to 
destroy Messrs. Baruel, Robison and Morse. 

The Abbe Baruel's' verdict on what had occurred was identical with de Luchet's earlier prophecy and 
Lord Acton's much later analysis: 

". . . We shall demonstrate that, even to the most horrid deeds perpetrated during the French 
revolution, everything was foreseen and resolved on, combined and premeditated; that they were the offspring of deep 
thought villainy, since they had been prepared and were produced by men, who alone held the clue of these 
plots and conspiracies, lurking in the secret meetings where they had been conceived . . . Though the events 
of each day may not appear to have been combined, there nevertheless existed a secret agent and a secret 
cause, giving rise to each event and turning each circumstance to the long-sought-for end . . . The grand cause 
of the revolution, its leading features, its atrocious crimes, will still remain one continued chain of deeplaid 
and premeditated villainy". 

The three men came to the same conclusion: "An anti-Christian conspiracy . . . not only against kings, 
but against every government, against all civil society, even against all property whatsoever" (the Abbe 
Baruel); "An association has been formed for the express purpose of rooting out all the religious 
establishments, and overturning all the existing governments of Europe" (Prof. Robison); "The express aim is 
'to root out and abolish Christianity and overthrow all civil governments'." (Mr. Morse). They agreed that 
what had happened was, not merely an episode in France, born of French circumstances, but the work of an 
organization with a continuing plan in all countries: a universal plan. They agreed that this organization was the 
secret society of the Illuminati, that it had inspired and controlled the terrorist phase of the revolution, that it 
had survived, and that it was established and strong in England and the United States. The Abbe Baruel in 
particular gave warning in this last respect. 

The words and writings of these three men were supported by the leading public men of their day, and 
have been so fully borne out by events, particularly in our century, that historically they simply serve to show 
that the world-revolution was recognized by some, and its future course foretold, at the moment of its 
second appearance in the West. The efforts of these three men were as vain in averting the havoc which the 
conspiracy later wreaked, and for that reason the 

[153] case of Messrs. Barruel, Robison and Morse is of especial interest. 

What befell them proves more conclusively than any of their own words the very thing they strove to 
establish: the continued existence and strength of a secret society working, in all countries, for the destructive 
purpose which they described. Messrs. Barruel, Robison and Morse were smothered with vituperation. In 
their day newspapers were in their infancy, and were usually owned by one man, who also edited them. It 
must therefore have been much more difficult than it is today to gain control of a large proportion of them. 
The concentrated attack which was delivered against the three men from the moment when they said that 
Illuminism had brought about the French revolution and still existed shows that even in 1797 the Illumines 
were in effective control of the press in America and England. 

This was one of the most surprising discoveries yielded by the research which produced this book. In 
my own day I have been forced to realize that this control exists, and that a writer who writes about the 
world revolution in the vein of Edmund Burke will find all avenues of publication closing against him. Mrs. 
Nesta Webster relates the same experience. When she first began to write on revolution, in the early 1920's, a 
well-known London publisher said to her, "Remember that if you take an anti-revolutionary line you will 
have the whole literary world against you". She says she thought this extraordinary but then found through 
experience that the publisher was right and that has been my observation too. However, I thought it was a 
condition that had arisen during the last thirty years until I studied the story of Messrs. Barruel, Robison and 
Morse; then I saw that "the whole literary world" fell as one man on them in 1798, when the Reign of Terror 
was recent. Nothing else so clearly showed, to me, that the line from Illuminism in 1789 to Communism 
today is but a line of inheritance; the same organization pursues the same aim with the same methods and 
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That was another curious thing about the attack on those three writers who took "an anti- 
revolutionary line". Soon after they gained the public eye the attacks in the newspapers began; nearly always 
anonymous. They made use of exactly the same language (Doublespeak) as that which is employed in similar 
assaults today. The three men were accused of starting a "witch-hunt", of being bigots and alarmists, of 
persecuting "freedom of opinion" and "academic freedom", of misrepresenting "liberal" and "progressive" 
thought, and the like. From that, the attack continued to slander and scurrilous innuendo, and I often found 
phrases which recurred in the campaign waged against an American Cabinet member, Mr. James Forrestal, in 
1947-9; their private lives were said to be immoral and their financial habits shady; and at the last came the 
familiar suggestion that they were "mad". This suggestion is often made today, in the culminant stages of a 
campaign against any anti-revolutionary figure; it is evidently held to be especially strong medicine in 
defamation. This particular 

[154] form of attack might have its original source in the Talmud, which uses it against Jesus (the Jewish 
Encyclopaedia, in its article on Jesus, refers its readers to the work of a Jewish writer who "agrees that there 
must have been abnormal mental processes involved in the utterances and behaviour of Jesus"). 

In short, these attacks on Messrs. Barruel, Robison and Morse made use of a limited political 
vocabulary which today is plainly recognizable as that of the revolution and its agents, and is now so 
hackneyed that it must be imparted to all initiates from some central place in the organization. The campaign 
against them was effective, so that their warnings, like those of Burke, were forgotten by the masses. 
However, the secret band (which must have the same horror of truth as the devil might have of the cross) 
continued to fear them, so that the defamation continued long after all three were dead! As recently as 1918 
the Columbia University of New York allotted funds for a costly piece of research designed to show that the 
Illuminati truly died when they were proscribed in 1786 and thus could not have caused or survived the 
French revolution, and in this publication all the stock-in-trade epithets were brought out and used again, as 
if the three dead men were live "witch-hunters"! 

In 1918 the Russian revolution was but a year old and the moment was evidently held apt for another 
attempt to show that the French revolution had been a self-contained affair, leaving no roots which might 
have erupted in Russia in 1917. Messrs. Barruel, Robison and Morse, if from some bourne they were able to 
watch these proceedings, no doubt observed that in 1918 and the following years Communism found the 
Columbia University of New York to be a very good hunting-ground. (Among the unlucky young men who 
were there entrapped for the cause was the Mr. Whittaker Chambers whose repentance and warning in 1939, 
had it been heeded by President Franklin Roosevelt, might have changed the whole course of the Second 
World War and of this century for the better). 

The first two presidents of the American Republic, though they did not effectively act against the 
secret society, were deeply alarmed about it and well knew that what Barruel, Robison and Morse said was 
true. One of George Washington's last acts was, in a letter to Mr. Morse, to express the hope that his work 
would have "a more general circulation . . . for it contains important information, as little known, out of a small 
circle, as the dissemination of it would be useful, if spread through the community". (Presumably General 
Washington would not have told a Whittaker Chambers to "go jump in the lake"). A little earlier Washington 
had informed another correspondent that he was fully satisfied that "the doctrines of the Illuminati and the 
principles of Jacobinism" had "spread in the United States". 

Indeed, this was beyond doubt, for secret societies had appeared in the United States in 1793, that is, 
within ten years of the Republic's birth, under the guise of "Democratic Clubs". Their true nature was made 
plain by the attitude of the 

[155] French Minister, Genet, towards them; he showed the open sympathy which Soviet Ambassadors, in 
our generation, display for Communist organizations, or perhaps more accurately, for those which serve as 
"cover" for Communism (the relationship between the Soviet embassies and the revolutionary party in the 
country of accreditation was established by massive documentary proof in the Canadian and Australian 
investigations of 1945-46 and 1954-55 respectively). George Washington, as president in 1794, charged these 
"self-created societies" with instigating the insurrectionary outbreak in Pennsylvania known as the Whiskey 
Rebellion. Washington's authority was too great for him to be attacked as a witch-hunter and the clubs 
burrowed quickly underground, but from that moment the presence on American soil of an organization for 
world-revolution was known to all who cared to know and were able to withstand the "brainwashing" of the 

The part admittedly played by Grand Orient Freemasonry, under Illuminist permeation, in the French 
Revolution caused American Freemasonry also to fall under suspicion, but frank discussion of this question 
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Freemasonry laid much emphasis on this (evidently on the principle of "innocence by association"), and on 
the occasion of Washington's funeral in 1799 made a great parade of fellowship with the dead hero. Out of 
respect for him, rather than from satisfied curiosity, the public debate then waned, but at least two prominent 
Masons, Amos Stoddard and the Rev. Seth Payson, like the Duke of Brunswick in Europe publicly stated that 
the Illuminati had permeated Freemasonry and were working under its name. Washington's successor, 
President John Adams, in 1798 addressed a stern warning to Freemasonry: 

". . . the society of Masons have discovered a science of government, or art of ruling society, peculiar 
to themselves, and unknown to all the other legislators and philosophers of the wodd; I mean not only the 
skill to know each other by marks or signs that no other persons can divine but the wonderful power of 
enabling and compelling all men, and I suppose all women, at all hours, to keep a secret. If this art can be 
applied, to set aside the ordinary maxims of society, and introduce politics and disobedience to government, 
and still keep the secret, it must be obvious that such science and such societies may be perverted to all the ill purposes 
which have been suspected . . ." 

After this public rebuke nothing but the death of Washington in the next year, probably, could have 
appeased the public desire for a thorough investigation; as so often in these affairs, the opponents of 
investigation profited from an irrelevant event which distracted or disarmed public attention. Nevertheless, 
public suspicion continued through three decades and led to the formation of an Anti-masonic Party in 1 827, 
which at its State convention in Massachusetts in 1829 declared "there is evidence of an intimate connexion 
between the higher orders of Freemasonry and French Illuminism". That was almost the last kick of 
[156] the party of investigation, for the next State convention, in Vermont in 1830, recorded the sequel with 
which our century has been made familiar: ". . . the spirit of enquiry . . . was soon and unaccountably quelled; 
the press was mute as if the voice of the strangled sentinel and the mass of the people kept in ignorance that 
an alarm on the subject of Masonry had ever been sounded". 

In other words, the cry for investigation had been drowned, as in our generation, by the counter-cry of 
"witch-hunt" and the like. From that moment until today the American people have never succeeded in 
moving any government to a full investigation and the secret infestation of government and the public 
departments continued, with results only partially revealed by the exposures of 1948 and after. The situation 
in England has been very similar. 

In the last few paragraphs this narrative has jumped a few years to follow the course of American 
public uneasiness about Freemasonry to its end in 1830 (the Anti-masonic Party actually died in 1840). Now 
it returns to the immediate aftermath of the French revolution, and its effect on the world. 

President Adams, as his Works show, was fully informed and persuaded about the existence of a 
universal and continuing conspiracy against all legitimate government and religion. He made the mistake, 
natural in his day, of thinking the plan a French one, just as people today, with no excuse, speak and think of 
Russian Communism, although the international nature of the revolution has long been made plain, beyond all 

By his Sedition Act of 1798 President Adams tried to safeguard the future of the Republic, but time 
has since shown that laws against secret societies and conspiracies (although they should be enacted, to 
establish the illegality of the undertaking) are ineffective in checking them, especially as the secret 
organization has centuries of experience in eluding such laws. The one effective measure against secret 
conspiracy is investigation, public exposure and remedy, and this has never been fully used. 

The American public man who most plainly perceived the entire shape of the future was Washington's 
confidant, Alexander Hamilton. He left among his papers an undated memoir (probably 1797-1800) which 

". . . the present era is among the most extraordinary which have occurred in the history of human 
affairs. Opinions, for a long time, have been gradually gaining ground, which threaten the foundations of 
religion, morality and society. An attack was first made upon the Christian revelation, for which natural 
religion was offered as a substitute . . . The very existence of a Deity has been questioned and in some 
instances denied. The duty of piety has been ridiculed, the perishable nature of man asserted, and his hopes 
bounded to the short span of his earthly state. Death has been proclaimed an eternal sleep, the dogma of the 
immortality of the soul a cheat, invented to torment the living for the benefit of the dead ... A league has at 
length been cemented between the apostles and disciples of irreligion and anarchy. Religion and government 
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[157] "stigmatized as abuses . . . The practical development of this pernicious system has been seen in France. 
It has served as an engine to subvert all her ancient institutions, civil and religious, with all the checks that 
served to mitigate the rigour of authority; it has hurried her headlong through a series of dreadful revolutions, 
which have laid waste property, made havoc among the arts, overthrown cities, desolated provinces, 
unpeopled regions, crimsoned her soil with blood, and deluged it in crime, poverty, and wretchedness; . . . 
This horrid system seemed awhile to threaten the subversion of civilised society and the introduction of general disorder 
among mankind. And though the frightful evils which have been its first and only fruits have given a check to 
its progress, it is to be feared that the poison has spread too widely and penetrated too deeply to be as yet eradicated. Its 
activity has been suspended, but the elements remain, concoctingfor new eruptions as occasion shall permit. It is greatly to 
be apprehended that mankind is not near the end of the misfortunes which it is calculated to produce, and that it still 
portends a long train of convulsion, revolution, carnage, devastation and misery. Symptoms of the too great prevalence of this 
system in the United States are alarmingly visible. It was by its influence that efforts were made to embark this 
country in a common cause with France in the early period of the present war; to induce our government to 
sanction and promote her odious principles and views with the blood and treasure of our citizens. It is by its 
influence that every succeeding revolution has been approved or excused; all the horrors that have been 
committed justified or extenuated; that even the last usurpation, which contradicts all the ostensible principles 
of the Revolution, has been regarded with complacency, and the despotic constitution engendered by it slyly 
held up as a model not unworthy of our imitation. In the progress of this system, impiety and infidelity have 
advanced with gigantic strides. Prodigious crimes heretofore unknown among us are seen ..." 

We of the 1950's are so familiar with the results here foreseen that we can scarcely realize what skill 
was needed, in the 1790's, so clearly to foresee them! From de Luchet before the Reign of Terror ("a series of 
calamities of which the end is lost in the darkness of time ... a subterranean fire smouldering eternally and 
breaking forth periodically in violent and devastating explosions") to Alexander Hamilton after it ("the 
elements remain, concocting for new eruptions as occasion shall permit . . . mankind is not near the end of 
the misfortunes which it is calculated to produce ... a long train of convulsion, revolution, carnage, 
devastation and misery") the shape of our century was most plainly and accurately foretold. 

The net result of all this prescience, in terms of precaution, was nothing. 

Needlessly but massively, all came about as these men, and the Burkes and Barruels, Robisons and 
Morses foresaw; like a man sleepwalking, the West trod on all the charted landmines. The anti-revolutionary 
prophets were cried down; the revolutionary orators and writers took over the debate and were applauded. 


Napoleon's wars helped to divert public attention from the plot and the organization that had been 
discovered. Ten years after the French revolution the documents of the Illuminati and the French revolution 
were being forgotten; the public masses either began to believe that the secret society truly was dead, or had 
never had part in the revolution, or did not care. Twenty years after the French revolution the Illuminati were 
as busy as ever. Nothing had changed, save that the sect's followers in England and America had succeeded, 
through their power over published information, in beguiling the public mind and in defaming all who gave 

This later knowledge about the Illuminati is recent; Mrs. Nesta Webster's research discovered it. It 
comes from the boxes of Napoleon's police, which have now yielded their contents to the student and 
historian. These show that, two decades after the revolution and on the eve of Napoleon's own downfall, the 
Illuminati were very much alive, and pursued their undeviating aim. 

Francois Charles de Berckheim was a special commissioner of police at Mayence under the Empire, 
and a Freemason. He reported in 1810 that the Illuminati had initiates all over Europe and were working hard 
to introduce their principles into the lodges of Freemasonry: "Illuminism is becoming a great and formidable 
power . . . kings and peoples will have much to suffer from it unless foresight and prudence break its frightful 
mechanism". A later report, of 1814, fully bears out the main contention of Messrs. Barruel, Robison and 
Morse in 1797-9 about the continuance of the secret society: 

"The oldest and most dangerous association that which is generally known under the denomination of 
the Illumines and of which the foundation goes back towards the middle of the last century . . . the doctrine 
of Illuminism is subversive of every kind of monarchy; unlimited liberty, absolute levelling down, such is the 
fundamental dogma of the sect; to break the ties that bind the sovereign to the citizen of a state, that is the 
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Twenty years after the act of penance publicly performed by the Duke of Brunswick, Berckheim 
recorded that "among the principal chiefs . . . are numbered men distinguished for their fortune, their birth, 
and the dignities with which they are invested". He believed that some of these were "not the dupes of these 
demagogic dreams" but "hope to find in the popular emotions they stir up the means of seizing the reins of 
power, or at any rate of increasing their wealth and credit; but the crowd of adepts believe in it religiously . . ." 

The picture given in these words (which recall de Luchet's, of twenty-five years before) is, or should 
be, familiar today, for our generation has shown again that avarice for power still leads wealthy or well-known 
people to associate themselves with movements, apparently hostile to their wealth or renown, in the belief 
that through them they may become even richer or more notorious. 

Berckheim then gives a description of the organization and methods of the Illuminati which 
reproduces the picture given by Weishaupt's correspondence of 

[159] 1786, and could equally be a photograph of Communism at work in our century. The following extract 
shows a group of recognizable 20th Century characters, to which any attentive student of our times could fit 
names, yet it was written in 1813: 

"As the principal force of the Illumines lies in the power of opinions, they have set themselves out 
from the beginning to make proselytes amongst the men who through their profession exercise a direct 
influence on minds, such as literateurs, savants and above all professors. The latter in their chairs, the former 
in their writings, propagate the principles of the sect by disguising the poison that they circulate under a 
thousand different forms. These germs, often imperceptible to the eyes of the vulgar, are afterwards 
developed by the adepts of the Societies they frequent, and the most obscure wording is thus brought to the 
understanding of the least discerning. // is above all in the universities that llluminism has always found and always will 
find numerous recruits; Those professors who belong to the Association set out from the first to study the character of their pupils. 
If a student gives evidence of a vigorous mind, an ardent imagination, the sectaries at once get hold of him; 
they sound in his ears the words Despotism, Tyranny, Rights of the People, etc., etc. Before he can even 
attach any meaning to these words, as he advances in age, reading works chosen for him, conversations 
skilfully arranged, develop the germ deposited in his youthful brain. Soon, his imagination ferments ... At 
last, when he has been completely captivated, when several years of testing guarantee to the society inviolable 
secrecy and absolute devotion, it is made known to him that millions of individuals distributed in all the 
States of Europe share his sentiments and his hopes, that a secret link binds firmly all the scattered members 
of this immense family, and that the reforms he desires so ardently must sooner or later come about. This 
propaganda is rendered the easier by the existing associations of students, who meet together for the study of 
literature, for fencing, gaming or even mere debauchery. The Illumines insinuate themselves into all these 
circles and turn them into hotbeds for the propagation of their principles. Such then is the Association's 
continual mode of progression from its origins until the present moment; it is by convening from childhood 
the germ of poison into the highest classes of society, in feeding the minds of students on ideas diametrically 
opposed to that order of things under which they have to live, in breaking the ties that bind them to 
sovereigns, that llluminism has recruited the largest number of adepts . . ." 

Thus llluminism survived and flourished in darkness after its "adepts" in the editorial offices, 
university chairs and pulpits had beaten down the public clamour for its extirpation. For some five 
generations since then the thing has continued: a proportion of notable men and a proportion of young men 
at the universities have in each succeeding generation been enticed into this net. The only counter-measure 
which would give the seniors pause and open the eyes of the unwary younger ones would be full public 
information about the world 

[160] revolution and its methods, and that has been denied from generation to generation, so that the secret 
sect has maintained its power and hold. There can be only one explanation for this refusal of governments, 
from generation to generation, to investigate and expose: namely, that in this day as in Weishaupt's the sect 
has its "adepts" in the governments themselves; of that our century has given sufficient evidence. 

What of Weishaupt himself, twenty years and more after his exposure and the proscription of his 
order? In 1808 he was enquiring about a point of masonic ritual and his enquiry reached the notice of an 
eminent member of the Grand Orient, the Marquis de Chefdebien, who then wrote in a letter to a friend that 
llluminism had supplied the men who "stirred up revolt, devastation, assassination": When Weishaupt died, 
in 1 830, his order was probably stronger than it had ever been, but was about to change its name; the same 
organization, with the same aims, was in the 1840's to emerge as Communism. That further story belongs to 
later chapters, and at this point the present narrative takes leave of Adam Weishaupt, the man whose name is 
forever identified with the emergence of world-revolution as a permanent idea and ambition, propagated by a 
permanent organization of secret conspirators in all lands, and having nothing whatever to do with remedying 
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Whoever his prompters, whatever the original source of his great knowledge of human weakness, 
Weishaupt, as Mrs. Nesta Webster says, "gathered into his hands the threads of all the conspiracies, was able 
to weave them together into a gigantic scheme for the destruction of France and the world". In his army men 
of all classes and of the most diverse views were welded together by bonds of infamy which seemed as strong 
as those of faith and honour: "Weishaupt's admirable system of watertight compartments precluded them 
from a knowledge of these differences and they all marched, unconsciously or not, towards the same goal". 

If there were manifold currents of discontent before, Weishaupt fused them into one. With him and 
Illuminism, "vague subversive theory became active revolution"; the general staff was formed, the battle- 
operation laid down, the objective clarified. Today, nearly two hundred years later, the consequence of that is 
also clear: the all-destructive world-revolution must either prevail over Christendom and the West, reducing 
them both to ruins, or itself be crushed and broken up. There is now no third solution or middle course or 
different end to the conflict which was revealed in 1786. Leading public men and the sect's devotees both saw 
that from the start. By 1875 Mgr. Dillon tersely stated the unalterable fact: 

"Had Weishaupt not lived, Masonry might have ceased to be a power after the reaction consequent on 
the French revolution. He gave it a form and character which caused it to outlive that reaction, to energise it to 
the present day, and which will cause it to advance until its final conflict with Christianity must determine 
[161] whether Christ or Satan shall reign on this earth in the end". 

This book is a study of "the Jewish question" as the most important question in world affairs at the 
present time; yet the present chapter (the longest yet) on the world-revolution has made no mention of the 
Jewish question or of Jews. There is a reason for this. Fifty years after the French revolution the world- 
revolution was under Judaist direction, but original Judaist instigation of the world-revolution in its French 
phase cannot be shown. Therefore the possibility is open that the world-revolution was not at the start a 
Judaist undertaking, but one in which the ruling sect of Judaism later became the majority stockholder. 
Nothing definite can be established either way; the covering-up of tracks is the first principle of revolutionary 

Apparently Jews played little or no part in the master-conspiracy (that of Weishaupt and his Illuminati) 
and simply a proportionate part, with all others, in the French revolution. As to the first, the leading authority 
on this subject, Mrs. Nesta Webster, says "Jews appear to have been only in rare cases admitted to the 
Order". Leopold Engel, a mysterious character who reorganized the order in 1880, goes further, stating that 
the recruitment of the Jews was forbidden. On the other hand, Mrabeau, a leading Illuminate and 
revolutionary, identified himself with Judaist demands and pretensions, so that any restriction on the actual 
appearance of Jews in the Order may have been a "cover" device of the kind which Weishaupt held to be 
supremely important. 

The best authorities at the time agreed that the Illuminati were the instigators of the revolution and 
that they were men of all countries. The Chevalier de Malet says, "The authors of the revolution are not more 
French than German, Italian, English, etc. They form a particular nation which took birth and has grown in 
darkness, in the midst of all civilized nations, with the object of subjecting them to its domination". This is 
the picture which today's student also gains from study of the literature of the French revolution; it is entirely 
different from the picture of the Russian revolution of 1917, to which the words could not be applied. 

In the French revolution itself (as distinct from the foregoing conspiracy) the part played by Jews is 
fairly clear, but seems to have been that of "abetting disorder" ascribed to them by the Koran, rather than 
that of control or direction. Indeed, it is often difficult to distinguish Jews, as such, in the records of the time, 
because writers of the day did not so separate them. Moreover, the revolution in its French phase appeared to 
be against all religion and all nationhood (in the Russian phase, again, this was no longer the case). Thus, the 
mob which brought crosses and chalices to the revolutionary assembly, while the churches of Paris were 
being given over to "Feasts of Reason", also included Jews who contributed ornaments from the synagogue 
to the display of profanation. Again, at "the Temple of Liberty", a citizen "brought up in the prejudices of the 
Jewish religion" undertook to prove "that all forms of worship are impostures equally 

[162] degrading to man". Alexandre Lambert fils then gave voice to this protest against the bondage of the 

"The bad faith, citizens, of which the Jewish nation is accused does not come from themselves but 
from their priests. Their religion, which would allow them only to lend to those of their nation at 5 percent, 
tells them to take all they can from Catholics; it is even hallowed as a custom in our morning prayers to solicit 
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mistake is made in commerce between Jews, they are ordered to make reparation: but if on 100 louis a 
Christian should have paid 25 too much, one is not bound to return them to him. What an abomination! 
What a horror! And where does that all come from but from the Rabbis? Who have excited proscriptions against us? 
Our priests! Ah, citizens, more than anything in the world we must abjure a religion which. . . by subjecting us 
to irksome and servile practices, makes it impossible for us to be good citizens". * 

If the Jews are anywhere identified as Jews (not simply as participants) in the worst deeds of the 
revolution, this is in Jewish vaunt, not Gentile accusation. For instance, such a writer as M. Leon Kahn goes 
far out of his way to associate Jews, by name, with the attack on the king and on religion, and that a hundred 
years after the events. This is an example of the laboured effort, which may be traced in much Judaist 
literature, to show that nothing of this kind can happen in the world save by the hand of Jehovah, that is to 
say, of Jews. M. Leon Kahn apparently could not picture the French revolution in any other terms than those 
of Daniel and Belshazzar. But for the Russian revolution, M. Leon Kahn might be forgotten; once again, it is 
our present-day that gives these depictments of old events their look of truth. 

In the aftermath of the French revolution, the Jews, through their leaders, seem simply to have turned 
a situation to good account, as they were entitled to do. However, in the light of what followed later it is 
significant that the Jews who profited were the "Eastern Jews", and that these non-Semitic converts to 
Judaism at that point in time made their first breach in the walls of the West. 

Most of the Jews in France were Sephardim, descended from those Spanish and Portuguese Jews who 
had some tenuous tradition, at least, linking them with Palestine. Any disabilities still suffered by these long- 
settled Jews were ended by the decree of 1790, which gave them all the rights of French citizens. In Alsace a 

* The italicized line in this quotation gives a timely opportunity to remark that when Alexandre 
Lambert ftls so spoke the rabbinical period in Judaist history had just begun. Before 1772, when Poland was 
partitioned, there had always been a visible, central, governing or directing authority for all of Jewry. At the 
start this was the Levitical priesthood, in Jerusalem and Babylon. Under Rome it was the dominant political 
party, the Pharisees, who were in effect the government. After the fall of Jerusalem and the dispersion it was 
the Talmudic "movable government" in Palestine, Babylonia, Spain and Poland. After this sank from sight in 
1772 the "rabbinical" period began, where authority over the entire congregation of Jewry, as far as it was 
wielded, was exercised through the rabbis everywhere. Among these, naturally, were men of every degree of 
belief and temperament, from the most extreme to the most temperate; but the present century has shown 
that the majority of them, as at all earlier periods in Jewish history, followed the literal "Law" of Judaism, 
which from the Gentile point of view, of course, is extremism at its most extreme. 

[163] community of Ashkenazim, the Slavic Jews, had appeared and these visitors from Russia were greatly 
disliked, so that the proposal to bestow citizenship on them provoked stormy debates, in the revolutionary 
Assembly and an insurrection among the Alsatian peasants. On this occasion the warnings with which earlier 
centuries had made the West familiar again were heard. The Abbe Maury told the citizen deputies, "The Jews 
have traversed seventeen centuries without mingling with other nations. . . They must not be persecuted, they 
must be protected as individuals and not as Frenchmen, since they cannot be citizens . . . Whatever you do, 
they will always remain foreigners in our midst". The Bishop of Nancy concurred; "They must be accorded 
protection, safety, liberty; but should we admit into the family a tribe that is foreign to it, that turns its eyes 
unceasingly towards a common country, that aspires to abandon the land that bears it? The interest of the 
Jews themselves necessitates this protest". 

The Sephardic Jews also protested: "We dare to believe that our condition in France would not today 
be open to discussion if certain demands of the Jews of Alsace, Lorraine and the Three Bishoprics had not 
caused a confusion of ideas which appears to reflect on us . . . To judge by the public papers they appear to 
be rather extraordinary, since these Jews aspire to live in France under a special regime, to have laws peculiar 
to themselves, and to constitute a class of citizens separated from all the others". 

This Jewish protest (a recurrent one through the ages down to our present day, and one always ignored 
by Gentile rulers) was as vain as that of the merchants of Paris thirty years before against the opening of their 
corporations to Jews: 

"The French merchant carries on his commerce alone; each commercial house is in a way isolated; 
whilst the Jews are particles of quicksilver, which at the least slant run together into a block ". 

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Despite all opposition the decree emancipating the Jews of Alsace was passed in 1791. By the time 
Napoleon succeeded to power a Jewish problem of the first order had thus been created for him and (after 
his failure to solve it) for the world. 

From this time on the ruling sect of Jewry bent all its efforts on reducing the authority of the original, 
Sephardic Jews and increasing that of their compact Ashkenazi in the East; from this moment on the 
Ashkenazi began to move into Europe (and later into America), to assume the leadership of the world- 
revolution and to carry with them everywhere the assault on all legitimate government, religion and 

That development followed the French revolution, or first phase of the world-revolution, which was 
like the opening of a door or the breaking of a dyke. At the time all that could fairly be said of the Jews in 
relation to the revolution was that they had been involved in it like other men, and had benefited from it 
rather more than other men. The sequel turned a different light on all this, and began to show Judaist direction, 
not mere involvement. 

For in the half-century following the revelation of the blueprint for world- 
[164] revolution and the outbreak in France, the historical processes of Jewry and of the world-revolution no 
longer remained separate or distinct; they converged. The continuing conspiracy and "the Jews" (in the sense 
of the dominant sect) then became identical and could no longer be considered apart. From the middle of the 
19th Century the world-revolution was under Jewish leadership; whatever the fact had been before, it then 
passed into these hands. 

The authoritative witness, whose words (like the earlier ones of de Luchet, Alexander Hamilton and 
Edmund Burke) were fully borne out by events, was one Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of England. 

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Chapter 21 


Benjamin Disraeli, later Lord Beacons field, repeatedly warned Christendom against the world- 
revolution. Like de Luchet, Alexander Hamilton and Edmund Burke fifty years before, he saw "the design" 
behind it; unlike Lord Acton, who fifty years later spoke only of anonymous "managers", Disraeli identified 
these organizers as Jews. The century that has passed since he uttered the plainest of these warnings has 
justified him; whatever its origins, the organized world-revolution was under Judaist leadership by the middle 
of the 19th Century and continued under Judaist leadership at least until the 1920's (in the present writer's 
opinion the condition continued after that and prevails today). 

Why the Talmudic sect took over the leadership of the revolutionary organization established by 
Weishaupt, or whether it instigated the original revolutionary undertaking, are two questions which cannot be 
answered today. 

If the ambition of Judaic world domination, instilled through the centuries by the Talmud and even 
more by the Cabala*, is ever to be realized the enslavement of "the heathen" to the Holy Nation will have to 
be accomplished through some destructive organization like that set up by Weishaupt; the fact that 
Weishaupt founded his Illuminati at the very moment when the Jewish "centre" in Poland sank from sight, 
after an unbroken life of more than two thousand years, might be more than a coincidence. On the other 
hand, it is equally possible that the dominant sect for the purpose of Talmudic fulfilment, took over control 
of a destructive organization already set up by non-Jews for a different end. 

Disraeli's two most significant warnings preceded and followed the revolutionary outbreaks which 
occurred in many parts of Europe in 1848. Based on the experience gained in France a half-century before, 
these represented the second of the "eruptions, concocted as occasion shall permit", and "the periodical 
explosions" which (as de Luchet and Alexander Hamilton had foretold) the world-revolutionary organization 
was to bring about. They failed everywhere, possibly because the memory of the French revolution was 
recent enough for governments and peoples to deal resolutely with them. Their suppression left Disraeli in 
no illusion about the future. He had described what would happen before it occurred; after it, he foretold the 
continuance of the conspiracy and the recurrence of the violent outbreaks. 

Disraeli wrote novels (with greater success than two later imitators, Colonel House of Texas and Mr. 
Winston Churchill when young), and depicted himself in them as the aloof, urbane, omniscient, slightly 
mocking impresario of human affairs. In Coningsby he is the chief character, Sidonia, a Spanish-Moslem Jew, 
the master financier, power behind all powers and passionless manipulator of 

* The Jewish Encyclopaedia says that the Cabala (the oral, traditional lore, in contradistinction to the 
written law, or Torah) from the 13th century on branched out into an extensive literature alongside of and in 
opposition to the Talmud, being entrusted only to the few elect ones. Mrs. Nesta Webster, however, quotes 
another passage from the Jewish Encyclopaedia as saying that "the Cabala is not really in opposition to the 


affairs, one who is "assisted by that absolute freedom from prejudice which is the compensatory 
possession of a man without a country". 

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Sidonia remarked in 1846 (the year when Coningsby was published): "That mighty revolution which is at 
this moment preparing in Germany and ... of which so little is as yet known in England, is developing entirely 
under the auspices of the jews". 

Then, after the outbreaks of 1 848, Disraeli returned to the subject, telling the House of Commons in 
1852: "The influence of the Jem may be traced in the last outbreak of the destructive principle in Europe. An 
insurrection takes place against tradition and aristocracy, against religion and property. .. The natural equality 
of men and the abrogation of property are proclaimed by the secret societies who form provisional governments 
and men of Jewish race are found at the head of every one of them" (exacdy the same thing recurred in Russia, in 1917, 
that is, seventy years after the 1848 outbreaks). 

Disraeli added, "The most skilful manipulators of property ally them selves with Communists; the 
peculiar and chosen people touch the hands of all the scum and low castes of Europe". This, he said, was 
because they wished to destroy Christianity. 

The task of research, in such a work as this, is arduous and has few compensations, but 
acquaintanceship with Disraeli was a solace. The reader has already met some true prophets among the many 
false ones, during this journey through the centuries, but he will not meet another quite like Benjamin 
Disraeli, whose liberation from Talmudic bonds gave him this "absolute freedom from prejudice". His name 
was significant, for he was of the breed of the Israelite prophets who denounced Judah. He was proud of his 
descent, and yet was enabled by his detachment to feel a love of England which those of native ancestry 
often cannot emulate. His ironical comments on public affairs and human events are refreshing to read today, 
when politicians shun the truth as the devil might shun holy water. 

He candidly stated that "the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by 
those who are not behind the scenes", and in these words he publicly affirmed that real government is by the 
Hidden Hand. All informed observers know that this is the truth of affairs, but any presentday American 
president or British prime minister would denounce the statement as "witch-hunting". "I think", said Sidonia, 
"that there is no error so vulgar as to believe that revolutions are occasioned by economical causes". Thus 
spoke Disraeli; in our day the Lloyd Georges and Woodrow Wilsons, Roosevelts and Trumans have 
pretended that the revolutions in France and Russia and elsewhere were spontaneous mass-eruptions by "the 
people", infuriate, against "tyranny". 

Disraeli practised the teaching of Christianity; he was not merely "a baptised Jew". 


He would not have associated himself, or his country's name, with the Old Testamentary vengeance of 
Nuremberg, for this is what he said after the Indian Mutiny in 1857, when the spirit of revenge was ravening 
in the land: "I do without the slightest hesitation declare my humble disapprobation of persons in high 
authority announcing that upon the high standard of England 'vengeance' and not 'justice' should be 
inscribed ... I protest against meeting atrocities by atrocities. I have heard things said and seen things written 
of late which would make me almost suppose that the religious opinions of the people of England had 
undergone some sudden change, and that, instead of bowing before the name of Jesus, we were preparing to 
revive the worship of Moloch. I cannot believe that it is our duty to indulge in such a spirit". 

These words contain an allusion which reaches every Jew and Gentile. Talmudic Judaism is "the 
worship of Moloch" and Disraeli knew this when he chose the words. The whole dispute between ancient 
Israel and Judah of the Levites raged round this false deity and his demands, and Israel turned its back on 
Judah on this very account; this is the root of the controversy of Zion, three thousand years ago and now. 

It is reflected in the two most significant passages in the Old Testament: Jeremiah's charge that God 
had never commanded the children of Israel "to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire unto 
Moloch. . . neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin"; and 
Ezekiel's answer that God had given Israel these "statutes that are not good" and the sacrifice of the firstborn. 
The god of love and mercy, the god of hatred, vengeance and human sacrifice: that was from the start the 
issue, and is today, and if Disraeli had lived a hundred years later Christendom might by this scion of Jewry 
have been spared the stigma of the Talmudic vengeance at Nuremberg. 

Similarly, Disraeli cannot be imagined lending himself, his office and his country's strength to the 
support and spread of the world-revolution, as the leaders of Britain and America lent themselves in the first 
and second world wars; his whole public life was spent in forewarning his country against the destructive 
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In 1955 a Lord Samuel (who in the heyday of Liberalism rose from plain Mr. Herbert Samuel, through 
various political offices, to ennoblement) proudly stated that he was the first Jew ever to have held Cabinet 
rank in England. This was presumably a jibe at Disraeli's conversion; nevertheless, the world in the 20th 
Century might have been the better for more Disraelis. The striking things about Disraeli, studied at the 
distance of a century, are his habit of speaking absolute truth, his accuracy of prediction, his vast instinctive 
and acquired knowledge, his deep though unimpassioned love for England, and his Christian charity. In 
matters of fact he was always right; in those of opinion, he was ever on the side of the angels. His contempt 
for "Liberals" was great, though delicately phrased 

[168] ("infanticide is practised as extensively and as legally in England as it is on the banks of the Ganges, a 
circumstance which apparently has not yet engaged the attention of the Society for the Propagation of the 
Gospel"). The present writer thinks he erred in one matter, namely, in his opinion that the doctrines of Jesus 
were the completion, not the repudiation, of Judaism. The contrary seems to me to be true, namely, that 
Judaism was that very heresy ("the worship of Moloch") which Disraeli spurned, and which Jesus came to 

Disraeli was the product both of Sephardic Jewry and of England at that period; he could not, without 
both of these influences, have achieved that "absolute freedom from prejudice". His father, Isaac D'Israeli, 
wrote, "A religion which admits not toleration cannot be safely tolerated, if there is any chance of its obtaining 
a political ascendancy", and the Encyclopaedia Britannica says Isaac's reason for withdrawing from the 
synagogue was that Talmudic Judaism with its rigid laws "cuts off the Jews from the great family of 
mankind". His son's biographer, Mr. Hesketh Pearson, says the elders fined Isaac D'Israeli forty pounds 
when he declined election as Warden of the Congregation stating that he could never take part in their public 
worship "because, as now conducted, it disturbs, instead of exciting religious emotions". Isaac would not 
have been able so to challenge the elders, had he lived in a Talmudic community in Russia or Poland; he 
would have been outlawed, possibly killed. 

Thus the father and the son (who became a member of the Church of England at the age of twelve) 
were formed by the free air of England at that time. Benjamin Disraeli, was to achieve the removal of the last 
disabilities put on Jews in England, and then publicly to proclaim that (in the immediate sequence to this 
emancipation) Jews were taking over control of the world-revolution everywhere. To a man of "absolute 
freedom from prejudice" the campaign against Jewish disabilities and the candid statement of this result were 
duties equally inescapable, even though the second development bore out the warnings of the enemies of that 
Jewish emancipation, which Disraeli had fought to complete. 

Before concluding the tale of Disraeli's own warnings, the course of the world-revolution during his 
time needs to be traced, that is to say, during the century succeeding the outbreak in France. When 
Weishaupt died in 1 830, leaving behind him the plan and the organization first revealed by the discovery of 
the Illuminati's documents in 1786, Disraeli was 26. The next fifty years were filled with the contest for 
Weishaupts succession; during this period Disraeli uttered his many warnings. When it ended Jewish control 
of the world-revolution had nevertheless been firmly established and it had been given the imprint of the 
Eastern Jews, the Mongoloid Khazars, under their Talmudic rabbis. 

The result might have been different, for men of various kinds struggled to succeed Weishaupt, and 
many of them were Gentiles. At the start there was no single, united revolutionary organization; there were 
revolutionary secret 

[169] societies, not yet coalesced, in various countries. The chief of them, and the one in clearest line of 
descent from Weishaupt's llluminati, was the Alta Vendita in Italy, some of the papers of which, seized and 
published by the Pontifical Government, revealed an identity of aim and method with the llluminati 
documents of a half-century earlier (as Mrs. Nesta Webster has established from the work of Cretineau Joly.) 

In France Freemasonry continued to serve as the cloak used by the revolution, and in Germany the 
"League of Virtue" (Tugendbund) was directed by lieutenants of Weishaupt. 

Various men worked to fuse these, apparently distinct national movements into one, and to assume 
the leadership, in succession to Adam Weishaupt. Among them were a Frenchman, Louis Blanc (whose name 
the reader is asked to bear in mind, for a reason which will appear later; at one moment he seemed likely to 
play the part of Lenin, even before Lenin was born), a Russian, Mchel Bakunin, and a Jew, born in Germany, 
Karl Marx. 

The struggle was fought between the last two, for Louis Blanc soon faded from the scene. Mchel 
Bakunin and Karl Marx were as poles apart. Bakunin, "the father of Anarchy", was "a disciple of Weishaupt", 

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according to the French revolutionary socialist, Benoit Malon. He represented that early breed of idealist 
revolutionaries who thought that they had found in revolution an instrument to destroy tyranny. He saw the 
danger that the confiscatory State, set up on the ruins of private property, would merely reproduce the 
tyrannical propensities of the private capitalist in gargantuan shape; therefore he looked for ways to reconcile 
the communal ownership of land and capital with the utmost possible diminution in the powers of the State 
and ultimately even with the complete abolition of the State. Thus he was the very opposite of Karl Marx, whose 
similar proposal, for the communal ownership of land and capital, was aimed simply at setting up a super- 
tyranny in place of petty tyrants. 

The ruling passion (and original motive) of all Bakunin's work was a horror of despotism; Marx 
planned to destroy a ruling class in order to establish such a despotism as the world had never known. This 
was the profound difference between the two men, and it throws up a question never to be answered: what 
would the effect on the world have been if Bakunin's Anarchism, instead of Marx's Communism, had 
assumed leadership of the world-revolution? For Anarchism was opposed to every kind of forcible 
government, and to the State as the embodiment of the force employed in the government of the 
community; Communism was the deification of force wielded by the State. 

Everything about Bakunin is genuine: his struggle, sufferings and death. Everything about Marx is 
bogus: his thirty years of incitement from the British Museum reading-room, his comfortable life on Friedrich 
Engels's bounty, his obviously calculated marriage to a "von", his genteel funeral with graveside orations; all 
are typical of the petty bourgeois who so loudly declaimed against 

[170] the bourgeoisie. The most bogus thing of all was his Communist Manifesto, which diagnosed an ailment 
("The proletarian is without property") and prescribed suicide as the remedy ("The theory of the Communists 
may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property"). 

This was a plain intimation to the proletariat that it had nothing to gain but chains from Communism, 
and if revolutionary outbreaks all over Europe followed the publication of the Manifesto in January 1848, the 
oppressed masses cannot have roused to them by its logic. Within a few weeks of publication, revolts 
occurred all over Germany, in Austria, Hungary, Italy, France and Denmark. This was proof that the 
individual "secret societies" in the various countries were fusing together, that some means had been found to 
co-ordinate and synchronise their outbreaks, and thus, for the first time, to demonstrate sW^-revolution in 
action, through simultaneous eruptions in numerous countries. 

Probably only one organization, already existing at that time, had at its disposal the international 
network which could make this synchronization and co-ordination possible, and that was the Talmudic 
rabbinate in Eastern Europe. Theoretically, the vast organization of the Catholic Church could have been put 
to the same purpose, but the Church saw its deadliest enemy in the revolution and was not so used; on that 
point history is clear. What Disraeli had known and stated two years before became historical fact: "that 
mighty revolution which is at this moment preparing in Germany ... is developing entirely under the auspices of 
the Jews". Karl Marx and his Communist Manifesto were the outward and visible signs of a significant historic 
event: Talmudic Judaism had taken over the world-revolution. 

Of the three men who at that time appeared to contend for the generalship of the revolution, Louis 
Blanc quickly fell out of the running. He was a member of the provisional government set up in Paris after 
the 1848 revolt, and in the capacity of minister seemed to have the opportunity to put his theories into 
practice. He held that individualism and competition were cancers in the body social and, like Marx, wished 
to set up the all-despotic State (albeit of the "welfare" kind favoured by the British Socialists a century later). 
He was the herald of the "right to work" which, in Russia in the present century, proved to be the State's 
right to inflict forced labour. In his shortlived office he undertook "to guarantee the livelihood of the workers 
by work" and was authorized to call together an assembly of workers' delegates to prepare a plan for "full 
employment". This body was in form an anticipation of the Soviets, and it represents Louis Blanc's chief 
claim to be remembered. After the suppression of the revolt he fled to England and only returned twenty- 
three years later, bereft of importance. 

That left Marx and Bakunin. Typically, Karl Marx, expelled from Prussia and France after 1 848, settled 
comfortably in London until he died, thirty- four years 

[171] later. Only Bakunin ran to man the "barricades". Bakunin was by birth a Russian aristocrat and had 
thrown up his ensignship in a Czarist regiment in 1832 after the suppression of the Polish insurrection of 
1830; the spectacle of terrorized Poland inspired in the heart of this young Russian officer the horror of 
despotism which thenceforth dominated his life. He met Marx before 1848 and left a description of the 
difference between them: "Marx called me a sentimental idealist, and he was right; I called him a vain man, 
perfidious and crafty, and I also was right". 

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Bakunin was in Paris for the fighting of 1848, and in May 1849 was a member of the provisional 
government set up by the revolutionaries in Saxony, leading the defence of Dresden until the Prussian troops 
prevailed, when he was captured while trying to escape (with Richard Wagner). He was sentenced to death, 
and reprieved, successively by the Saxon and Austrian governments. "He was kept in fetters and chained to a 
wall for a year and then surrendered to the Russian government. After six years imprisonment he was sent, 
toothless, scorbutic and prematurely aged, to "the comparative freedom of Siberia", whence, in 1861, after 
twelve years of captivity, he escaped to Japan, America and eventually England. Unbroken by his experiences, 
he at once resumed preaching the spirit of anarchist revolt and in 1864, in Switzerland, founded his 
International (the Alliance Internationale Sociale Democratique). 

About the same time, Karl Marx founded his International (the International Working Men's 
Association) in London, and the next few years were filled with the decisive struggle between Bakunin and 
Marx for the soul of the revolution. During Bakunin's long absence in Saxon, Austrian and Russian jails and 
in Siberia, Marx in London had established his hold on the international revolutionary organization (in several 
countries he had sons-in-law as lieutenants, on the Napoleonic model), but Bakunin's renown was great and 
he was deprived of the leadership only by a series of tricks which Marx, through his control of the General 
Council, was able to use against his rival. In 1872 the General Council called a congress of the International at 
The Hague, where Bakunin and his friends could not go on account of governmental hostility. At this 
congress charges were made against Bakunin (reminiscent of those which sixty years later were to be raised 
against any Communist leaders of whom Stalin wished to rid himself and he was expelled from the 
International by vote of the Council, packed by Marx's handpicked men. 

Broken in health Bakunin died a few years later, and apparently brought on his end by refusing to take 
food. With him died any hope (if such hope ever existed) that the organized world-revolution might be used 
to overthrow tyranny and liberate men; from the moment that it came "entirely under the auspices of Jews" 
(Disraeli) its purpose was to enslave men and to establish an indestructible tyranny. Bakunin's idea was to 
organize force against oppression, and the worst oppressor of all, in his eyes, was The State. These are his 
words: "The State is not 

[172] society, it is only an historical form of it, as brutal as it is abstract. It was born historically, in all 
countries, of the marriage of violence, rapine, pillage, in a word, war and conquest ... It has been from its 
origin, and it remains still at present, the divine sanction of brutal force and triumphant inequality. The State 
is authority; it is force; it is the ostentation and infatuation of force . . ." 

Precisely such a State as that, Karl Marx designed to set up through his international revolutionary 
movement, and it was to be a world State. Bakunin in 1869, when his contest with Karl Marx was reaching its 
climax, like Disraeli in 1 846 and 1 852 identified the leadership of the world-revolution as Jewish and in this 
he saw the cause of the perversion, as he considered it, of the revolutionary idea. His Polemique contre les Juifs, 
written in 1 869, was mainly directed against the Jews of the International, and from what we have since seen 
of these affairs we may assume that his expulsion by the Marxist General Council in 1872 became certain at 
the moment of that publication in 1869. 

When Disraeli died in 1881 he had spent between thirty and forty years warning his countrymen and 
the world against "the secret societies": 

"It was neither parliaments, nor populations, nor the course of nature, nor the course of events, that 
overthrew the throne of Louis Philippe . . . The throne was surprised by the secret societies, ever prepared to 
ravage Europe . . . Acting in unison with a great popular movement they may destroy society . . ." (1852). 
"There is in Italy a power which we seldom mention in this House ... I mean the secret societies. It is useless to 
deny, because it is impossible to conceal, that a great part of Europe is covered with a network of these secret 
societies, just as the superficies of the earth is now being covered with railroads , . . They do not want constitutional 
government; they do not want ameliorated institutions. . . they want to change the tenure of land, to drive out 
the present owners of the soil, and to put an end to ecclesiastical establishments . . ." (1856). 

Disraeli plainly saw, and perhaps was the first to recognize the name, the fraudulent nature of 
Liberalism: "it is the manoeuvres of these men who are striking at property and Christ, which the good 
people of this country, who are so accumulative and so religious, recognize and applaud as the progress of 
the Liberal cause". 

If it were in the power of man, by informed warnings to avert disastrous events, the repeated warnings 
of this unique authority would have averted the tribulation which the revolution brought on the millions of 
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Disraeli's warnings proved what all preceding centuries had shown: that human beings will not be deterred 
from a dangerous undertaking, or aroused from a perilous inertia, by any spoken counsel. Experience alone 
can in time move them to act, and in that the 20th Century has made them rich. 

In the middle decades of the last century Disraeli spoke in vain. He could not be merely defamed as a 
"witch-hunter", and therefore was derided with the mien 

[173] of affectionate disdain: "it was generally thought" (says Mr. Hesketh Pearson) "that he had a bee in his 
bonnet on the subject of the secret societies, the existence of which was denied; but we can now see them as the 
seeds of a movement which, having found a formula, fused and festered into Communism", That verdict of 1951 is 
obviously true and agrees with the contemporary one of the revolutionary eye-witness Benoit Malon: 
"Communism was handed down in the dark through the secret societies of the 19th Century". 

Thus, when Disraeli died the thing he had striven to avoid had come about: the "secret societies" had 
been welded into one world-revolutionary movement under Jewish control, and this was preparing to blow 
up the foundations of the 20th Century. He had found the perfect description for this organization: "a 
network" which covered Europe "just as the superficies of the earth is now being covered with railroads". 
Informed men began more and more frequently to use this expression, "the network", and to speak of "the 
hidden hand" which ruled governments. In the years before the revolutions of 1848 the former Rabbi Drach, 
who like Disraeli foresaw what was coming, published his indictment of the Talmud as the source of this 
disruptive process; his ensuing persecution was described by a Jewish writer named Morel, who among other 
things said, "what can the wisest measures of the authorities of all countries do against the vast and permanent 
conspiracy of a people which, like a network as vast as it is strong stretched over the whole globe, brings its force to bear wherever 
an event occurs that interests the name of Israelite" . 

The sequence of events is significant. In 1772 Poland was partitioned and, after more than 2,500 years, 
the "centre" of Jewish Government "ceased to exist" (according to Dr. Kastein) or became a secret Jewish 
government (as the Russian authorities believed). In 1776 Adam Weishaupt founded his Illuminati. By 1846 
Disraeli was writing that "the revolution is developing entirely under Jewish auspices". In 1869 Michel 
Bakunin, the disciple of Weishaupt, attacked the Jews in the revolutionary movement. In 1872 Bakunin was 
expelled and the united Communist movement plainly emerged, under Karl Marx (in 1917 it produced an 
almost exclusively Jewish Bolshevist government). 

Such was the result, foretold by Disraeli, of the removal of Jewish disabilities and of a few decades of 
Jewish emancipation. The lowering of the barriers had not had the effect of amalgamating the Jews in the 
comity of peoples; its consequences had been to give "the most formidable sect" (Bakunin's words) freedom 
to work for the ruination of these peoples by revolution. The responses given by the Sanhedrin to 
Napoleon's questions at the century's start, by its middle-age had been shown to be void of force. Jews would 
not thenceforward be allowed to involve themselves with other men, in the nationhoods and laws of the lands 
where they dwelt; on the contrary, identification with the worldrevolution set them more apart from others 
than even they had ever been before. The century of emancipation had been turned into a fraud even before 
it ended. 


During the 19th Century (as Dr. Kastein, again, records) the term "antisemitism" was born. As 
"persecution" could no longer be said to exist, some new word had to be found, capable of intimidating 
Gentiles and terrifying Jews, the second purpose being more important than the first, and "antisemitism" was 
invented. "Abracadabra" might have served as well, for the term "antisemitism" is patently absurd in relation 
to people who are demonstrably not Semites and whose Law commands the extirpation of Semites (the Arab 
peoples of Palestine; any expression of sympathy with the Semitic Arabs, expelled from their native land by 
the Zionist intruders in 1948, in time came to be attacked as "antisemitism"). 

Presumably the authors of this term desired to keep such words as Jew, Jewish and anti-Jewish out of 
the public controversy and counted on intimidating the mass-mind by the introduction of an obscurantist 
word. What the dominant sect meant by "antisemitism" was in fact a combination of lese majesty (offences 
against the dignity of the sovereign power) and heresy (opposition to the paramount religious doctrine); and 
by the middle of the present century the mass-mind had to a great extent submitted to this idea; that 
numerous breed which in earlier times would have doffed its cap at the approach of the squire's bailiff or 
have crossed itself when the priestly eye turned its way held its tongue and looked respectful when any Jewish 
affair was mentioned. 

The word "antisemitism" was coined at the time when "men of Jewish race", as Disraeli and Bakunin 
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intimidation to deter public discussion of that remarkable development; the events of the present century 
have abundantly proved that, as this book will show. In the recent time, a Jewish authority, Mr. Bernard 
Lazare, offered a definition of "antisemitism" in a book which bore the word as its title. This definition had 
nothing whatever to do with the prophet Shem and his tribe, with Semitic blood or speech or stock, or with 
anything Semitic whatsoever; Mr. Lazare related "antisemitism" entirely to an adverse opinion of the Jewish 
role in revolution. He wrote: 

"This is what must separate the impartial historian from antisemitism. The antisemite says: 'The Jew is 
the preparer, the machinator, the chief engineer of revolutions'; the impartial historian confines himself to 
studying the part which the Jew, considering his spirit his character, the nature of his philosophy, and his 
religion, may have taken in revolutionary processes and movements". 

What Mr. Lazare clearly meant was that nothing more than "a part" in revolutionary processes might 
be attributed to Jews, and that a man who said that The Jew is the preparer, the machinator, the chief 
engineer of revolutions" committed lese majesty and heresy. 

However, it is substantially what Disraeli said (who may even have had a drop or two of Semitic blood, 
and in that differed from the Eastern Jews to whom he alluded): "that mighty revolution. . . is developing 

entirely under the auspices of 

[175] the Jews", "the influence of the Jews may be traced in the last outbreak of the destructive principle", "men of 
Jewish race are found at the head of every one of them" (i.e., the secret societies). 

As he was himself racially Jewish, Disraeli presumably felt no need to labour the fact that many Jews 
were as stoutly opposed as he to the "mighty revolution" and to "the destructive principle". In his day this 
would have been apparent, and he would not have had to armourplate his words against the propagandist 
who, today, would accuse him of incriminating all Jews by his allusions to "the auspices of the Jews" and "the 
influence of the Jews" (which by Mr. Lazare's definition would make him "antisemitic"!). 

From the French revolutionary period onward (when the long resident Jews of France gave warning 
against the newcomers from the East who were making trouble in Alsace) the Sephardic Jews of the West 
strongly resisted the ill wind that was blowing towards them from the East. Emancipation had loosened their 
bonds; they stood to lose all they had gained if "the destructive principle", "engineered" by the Talmudic sect 
and the Ashkenazim in the East, were to prevail over the West. 

The warnings of Disraeli were addressed to this, then the dominant section of Jewry as much as to the 
Gentiles; perhaps more. The Sephardic Jews may also be said to have paid more heed to them than the 
Gentile masses around them. Their punishment was to be excommunicated; by one of the most remarkable 
operations ever performed by statisticians on a body of people, the Sephardim were within a hundred years to 
be pronounced virtually extinct (like the "ten lost tribes" long before). 

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When Jewish direction of the world-revolution became discernible by the middle of the last century it 
was direction by the Ashkenazic (Eastern, or Slavic) Jews. The Sephardic (Western, or Iberian) Jews were in 
the mass strongly opposed to it. It was directed against them as much as against Christendom, for 
emancipation in Europe had led to a substantial measure of assimilation in their case; they were slipping from 
the grasp of the ruling elders of Judaism, who were faced with the loss of their power through Jewish 
integration in mankind. Segregation was vital to Talmudic Judaism, and integration was lethal. 

At that point they threw the "Eastern Jews" into the contest, whose emergence as a separate body of 
Jews coincided with the start of the world-revolution. Before then the West knew only "Jews", and these were 
the Sephardic Jews. Alluding to the period when Disraeli began to speak of Jewish leadership of the 
revolution, Dr. Kastein says, "From this time onwards it is possible to speak of Western and Eastern Jews". 
In fact the separate breeds had existed for about a thousand years; what Dr. Kastein means is that the Eastern 
Jews at that moment emerged as a distinct body, mobilized by the rabbinical government for action against 
the emancipated Sephardic Jews of the West and against the West itself. 

Up to that time the Western Jews had only been dimly aware of these Eastern Jews, and to the 
Christian West they were unknown. Their cohesion as a mass, and the energy which had been stored up in 
them by many centuries of rabbinical absolutism in the ghettoes, was to make of them, when they entered the 
West, the most powerful of all the forces which shaped the events of the 20th Century. They were good 
material for the purpose to which they were put. Racially of barbaric Asiatic origins, for centuries they had 
received a Talmudic training in a regimentation as strict as that of any ancient Oriental despotism. 

In the grand strategy which unfolded during the 19th Century they were employed for a double 
purpose, and with skill were used to achieve ends, so contradictory, that their simultaneous accomplishment 
must have been held impossible, before it came about, by any rational observer. In Russia itself they were 
used, as a mass, to wreck emancipation (for there would have been no hope of reclaiming the emancipated 
Jews of Western Europe if these had seen that the Eastern Jews, too, were becoming emancipated). To the 
outer world they were simultaneously depicted, even while they blocked the process of emancipation in 
Russia, as being the victims of a cruel, "antisemitic" persecution which wantonly denied them emancipation! 

Given the control of modern media of mass-propaganda and mass-suggestion it is possible to impress 
on the mind of the multitude these false images of what is happening elsewhere, and under the spell of such 
false notions to incite them into war itself. During the last century the politicians of the West began habitually 
to declaim against the persecution of the Jews in Russia, while those Jews, under a 
[177] rigorous leadership, were being prompted to destroy emancipation by every conceivable means. 

Lest the reader doubt, I must add that the picture here given is historically authentic, and is confirmed 
by the Judaist authorities. Among others Dr. Kastein says, "The great majority of Jews offered bitter passive 
resistance to all 'attempts at amelioration' ". However, this resistance was not simply "passive" but also took 
lethal forms. Dr. Chaim Weizmann is probably the best authority on this period, and his work will be 
extensively cited in what follows. The ghettoized Ashkenazim (both in their Communist and their Zionist 
organizations) were inspired to obstruct emancipation by every possible device (including assassination in the 
last resort) while the story of their persecution was hammered, as an intimidatory warning, into the 
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The Gentile politicians of the West presented these fictions to their peoples as truth, for they had 
found that powerful Jews, in all countries, were able to assist parties favoured by them with money, press 
support and votes; the return they required was support for the cause of the "persecuted" Jews in Russia and 
for the "return" to Palestine. In effect this meant that politicians who sought these favours had to 
subordinate national interest to two causes ultimately destructive of all nation-states: the revolution and the 
ambition to acquire territory for the dominant race. This was the process by means of which, as Disraeli said 
in Lothair (1870) "democracy has degraded statesmen into politicians". In this way also that state of the mass- 
mind began to take shape which would not brook any confutation, no matter how fully proven, of the legend 
of a permanent Jewish persecution and of a disease endemic in Gentile man (an epidemic at that time in 
Russia called "antisemitism"). When it was dangerous to believe that the world was round, the multitude 
vocally agreed that it was flat; this condition was reproduced, in respect of Talmudic Judaism's propaganda, in 
the 19th century, with the results which have been seen in this one. 

The Western Jews were much less responsive than the Western politicians to these two currents from 
the East. These original Jews, in whom the Sephardic tradition and strain continued, were moving towards 
integration, or at least towards an involvement, with diminishing frictions, in mankind. They intuitively feared 
the growing pressure from Russia and, recalling the unhappy end of the long, prosperous centuries in Spain, 
were filled with foreboding by the thought of its possible consequences. I recall, from my own time in 
Europe, how the Western Jews distrusted and feared these Eastern Jews, in whom they saw the spectral 
threat of an enforced return to the ghettoes and to rabbinical absolutism. The German Jew then was wont to 
refer to "diese Ostjuden" (these Eastern Jews!) with aversion; the Eastern Jew for his part, when after the first 
world war he made his way from Russia and Poland into Germany, spoke with contempt of the settled Jews 
there as "diese Berliner 1 ' (these Berliners!). 


The rabbinical directorate of Jewry, in its Eastern fastnesses, set out to use these Judaized Tartars from 
Russia against the emancipated Jews of the West and against the West itself. The secretive life of Jewry has 
made the counting of Jewish heads impossible at all periods. This lack of any trustworthy figures of Jewish 
populations enabled the ruling sect a century ago to begin, and in our day almost to complete, an astonishing 
biological operation: they have transformed nearly all Jews into Ashkenazim! 

At the end of the 1 8th century the Jews known to the West were the Sephardim, who inherited at least 
a tenuous tradition, a frail thread leading back through Spain to Africa, and fading then into a legend of 
Canaanitish origins. By the middle of the present century these Jews were declared by the elders of Jewry to 
have become almost extinct! A report presented to the Second World Sephardic Conference held in New 
York in 1954 stated that the Jewish world population was 11,763,491; that only 1,744,883 (or 15 percent) of 
these Jews were Sephardim; and that merely 52,000 of these Sephardim lived in Europe (which formerly knew 
only Sephardic Jews) and the entire Western Hemisphere. 

Normal processes of birth and death could not have worked this magic. Evidently the Sephardim, like 
the ten tribes of Israel nearly three thousand years ago, have been declared to have "vanished" because they 
"ceased to believe that they had a destiny apart from their neighbours". The Ashkenazim have been awarded 
the inheritance of Judah, "an order of existence fundamentally different from that of the people about ... no 
process of assimilation to others . . . absolute differentiation"; and nearly all Jews have now been declared to 
be Ashkenazim! Thus the elders of Judaism twice have expunged masses by strokes of the pen. The 
Sephardim have been excommunicated for the same reason as the Israelites, but obviously they live on in 
truth, some integrated in mankind, some segregated in original Judaism. 

The identification of the Eastern Jews with the world-revolution, a century ago, cannot have come 
about by chance or by individual leanings, for they were despotically ruled. The regime of the rabbis in the 
East was nearly absolute and the ghettoized communities obeyed their commands, as God-empowered 
lawgivers and magistrates, in every act of daily life. During the 1930's, when I saw a good deal of such 
Eastern Jewish communities, in Poland and Ruthenia, they still lived a life of seclusion, unimaginable to the 
Western mind until it was beheld. A mass move of these Eastern Jews into the revolutionary camp (or any 
other camp) could not have occurred without rabbinical guidance, for the penalties of disobedience, in those 
Talmudic confines, were dire (I have quoted the Jewish authority who testifies that the rabbis sometimes 
encouraged lynching if local circumstances disabled them from openly pronouncing the death penalty 
[179] prescribed by the Law.)* 

Therefore the mass move into the revolutionary camp must be regarded as one of high policy, directed 
after full consideration by that Jewish government which was transferred to Poland after the expulsion from 
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perspective, the threefold purposes of the grand design become clear, and events have demonstrated them. 
First, through revolution the process of emancipation (and therewith of Jewish assimilation in the West) 
might be reversed and the supremacy of the ruling sect in Jewry maintained. Second, through revolution 
vengeance might be taken on Christendom for the expulsion from Spain, or perhaps for the existence of 
Christendom (for that is the affront to which the Talmud is in effect the answer). Third, revolution would 
promote the fulfilment of The Law, which ordained the ruination of the heathen and the triumph of the 
Chosen People, or at any rate of the sect which used that beguiling term. 

An ambition which perhaps was not hugely foolish among Near Eastern tribes and in the small space 
of the known world in 500 BC, thus became the megalomaniac one of our global era, which is witnessing an 
attempt to impose an ancient tribal law, born in the petty feuds of little ancient lands, upon the world. The 
Gentile is apt to imagine that The Law which governs this undertaking is that which he can find in the Torah, 
or Old Testament, which he shares with the Jew, but this is not true. The Old Testament contains a lofty law 
of righteousness and neighbourly behaviour and inspired glimpses of the universal "house of prayer of all 
peoples". This Law was rejected by Judah, and the Torah includes the interpolations and cancellations which 
nullify it; but at any rate it contains both; it is two books, and any man may choose the one that seems to him 
to be the word of God. In fact that is what Christianity did; it took from the Old Testament, and applied to 
itself, those parts of the Torah which have a universal application, and it ignored the Levitical insertions 
which voided the moral commandments. 

But the Judaic Law under which the Eastern rabbinate directed Eastern 

* This rabbinical administration of the Judaic Law within Jewish communities continues today in 
America, England and other Western countries. In 1955 a Jewish merchant of Leeds, in England, came under 
Jewish suspicion of having allowed some of 223 old British tanks, disposed of by him, to reach Egypt, a 
neighbour of the Zionist state. No complaint was raised in respect of their sale to other countries, and the 
transaction, whatever their destination, was legal under British law. The alleged Egyptian sale, alone, was 
brought before a Jewish court, the president of which stated in the British Press that if the man were cleared 
the court's findings "will be accepted without question by the Jewish community", but if he were not "we 
have our ways as a community of dealing with a transgressor". 

The word "transgressor" relates to the Judaic rabbinical law, so that this was a public intimation that a 
man found to have "transgressed" that law would be punished, without regard to his innocence or guilt under 
the law of the country of which he was a citizen. 

In this case the action taken cuts across State policy at its highest levels, those of foreign policy and 
national defence: for foreign policy and national defence cannot be conducted in the national interest if 
sections of the community are able to nullify governmental policy by dictating the choice of foreign countries 
to which arms may be sold, and punishing "transgressors", This case, however, was exceptional only in the 
publicity it received. As to that, as far as I was able to judge it aroused no great public interest or feeling, or if 
it did, this was not allowed to find expression in the newspapers. This was an example of the extent to which 
public discussion or criticism of any action taken by the ruling powers of Jewry had been silenced in the West 
by 1955. 


Jews into the revolutionary camp is that of the Talmud, of which "the modern Jew is the product" (Mr. 
Rodkinson, previously cited). The Talmud contains no lofty law of righteousness applicable to all men, but 
sets up the creed of Moloch, shorn of the universal applications; it is one book, not two. It is the 
uncompromising response to Christianity: "the precepts of justice, of equity, or charity towards one's 
neighbour, are not only not applicable with regard to the Christian, but constitute a crime in anyone who 
would act differently. The Talmud expressly forbids one to save a non-Jew from death ... to restore lost 
goods, etc. to him, to have pity on him" (the former Rabbi Drach, already quoted). This was The Law of the 
Slavic Ashkenazim in their ghettoes; the Ashkenazim, under stern direction, became the engineers of the 
world-revolution; and according to the Judaic authorities the Ashkenazim are now "the Jews", or 85 percent 
of them. 

Thus a formidable, secret sect, in parts of Russia little known to the outer world trained a compact 
mass of human beings for an onslaught on the nation-states of Christendom and the West, and in the 19th 
century began to unleash the force which it had generated. For the next hundred and fifty years (until the 
present day) the revolutionary force worked with spreading effect to disrupt the West, always following the 
plan originally disclosed in Weishaupt's papers, and "men of Jewish race" were constantly found at the head 
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of bewildered peoples who struggle to make their way out of the new Dark Age and into the light again. The 
effects have spread far beyond Europe; Disraeli's "destructive principle" today beats on the doors of all the 
world. Possibly another hundred years must pass before the force let loose expends itself and the 
Ashkenazim (like the Sephardim before them) find the pull of mankind too strong for them, so that the 
Cabalist's dream of world dominion fades. 

Under The Law this destruction was not an end in itself; it was a means to the end laid down in The 
Law. The extirpation of nation-states was to be the essential prelude to the establishment of the triumphant 
nation-State, that of the chosen people in their promised land. Thus, in the middle of the last century, a 
second force also was brought into being in those same Eastern, Talmudic-ruled areas where the world- 
revolution received its shape and impetus. 

This was Zionism, the force that was set in movement to achieve "the return" and lay the foundations 
of the supreme Nation-State in Palestine. This, the force of domination, at every stage in the process of the 
last hundred years kept step with the force of revolution, and neither could have achieved what it did achieve 
without the other. The achievement is clear: the "return" has been accomplished and the nation-state of the 
chosen people has been founded; simultaneously the nation-states of other peoples, those breeds outside The 
Law, have been reduced or extinguished. The dominant-force corrupted the governments of these states at 
the top level; the revolutionary-force eroded their foundations at the bottom 
[181] level. 

Dr. Kastein, having affirmed that the Jewish government (the "centre", with its unbroken history of 
more than two thousand years) "ceased to exist" after the dissection of Poland in 1772, records that a 
hundred years later "a Jewish international" was in being. He evidently meant that the Jewish government of 
jews had given way to a Jewish government of governments, and this is evidently the truth of our time. 

Disraeli spoke of "a network" of revolutionary organizations which covered the earth like a system of 
railroads; it is the perfect description of the destructive mechanism which was constructed. To achieve the 
greater purpose there had to be another network at the top, and although Disraeli did not use the word in 
that case, he alluded to it when he said, "The world is governed by very different personages from what is 
imagined by those who are not behind the scenes". This is presumably "the Jewish international" of which 
Dr. Kastein speaks, a league of powerful and wealthy men at the top, under whose authority kings and 
princes, first, and republican presidents and politicians, next, equally found themselves. 

These two machines worked in synchronization, each promoting the aim of the other. In their dealings 
with the masses, the Gentile rulers were forced by the threat of revolution from below to yield ever more 
authority, until they fell; in their dealings with foreign countries, and in the wars to which these led, they were 
constrained by the power of the purse to support the plan of the symbolic "return" to Palestine. The Gentile 
often asks why men of wealth should promote revolution. Disraeli put the same question, in order to give the 
answer: they wish to destroy Christianity. He knew precisely what he meant; to the Gentile the answer may be 
made more comprehensible by saying that they obey the Talmudic Law, which requires the destruction of 
heathen nation-states as the prelude to the triumphant "return". 

Thus the story of the emergence of Zionism from the ghettoes of Russia and of the delicate interplay 
between the two forces, the one coiling itself round the rulers of the West and the other undermining the 
structure of the nation-states, forms the next chapter of the controversy of Zion. 

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Chapter 23 


The 19th Century moved inexorably towards the repudiation of the Sanhedrin's avowals to Napoleon, 
towards the re-segregation of the Jews, towards the re-establishment of that theocratic state in the midst of 
states, the danger of which Tiberius had depicted before the Christian era began. The struggle was not 
between "the Jews" and "the Gentiles"; as on the ancient day when the Persian king's soldiers enabled Ezra 
and Nehemiah to enforce "the new Law" on the Judahites, it was once more between some Jews and some 
Gentiles and the other Jews and the other Gentiles. The mystery always was that at such junctures the Gentile 
rulers allied themselves with the ruling sect of Judaism against the Jewish masses and thus against their own 
peoples, among whom they fostered a disruptive force. This paradox repeated itself in the 19th century and 
produced the climacteric of our present day, in which all nations are heavily involved. 

The emancipated Jews of the West were undone on this occasion, with the mass of Gentile mankind, 
by the Western politicians, who enlisted, like a Swiss Guard, in the service of Zionism. Therefore this 
narrative must pause to look "at the Liberals" of the 19th Century, who by espousing Zionism enabled it to 
disrupt the affairs and deflect the national policies of peoples. 

They may best be studied through the founder of their line. "The Prophet" (he claimed the title which 
Amos angrily repudiated) was Henry Wentworth Monk, by few remembered today. He was the prototype of 
the 20th Century American president or British prime minister, the very model of a modern Western 

To account for this man one would have to revivify all the thoughts and impulses of the last century. It 
is recent enough for a plausible attempt. One effect of emancipation was to make every undisciplined thinker 
believe himself a leader of causes. The spread of the printed word enabled demagogues to distribute ill 
considered thoughts: The increasing speed and range of transport led them to look for causes far outside 
their native ken. Irresponsibility might pose as Christian charity when it denounced its neighbours for 
indifference to the plight of Ethiopian orphans, and who could check the facts? Dickens depicted the type in 
Stiggins, with his society for providing infant negroes with moral pocket handkerchiefs; Disraeli remarked 
that the hideous lives of coalminers in the North of England had "escaped the notice of the Society for the 
Abolition of Negro Slavery". 

The new way of acquiring a public reputation was too easy for such rebukes to deter those who were 
tempted by the beguiling term "liberal", and soon the passion for reform filled the liberal air, which would 
not brook a vacuum. The "rights of man" had to be asserted; and the surviving wrongs were most easily 
discovered among peoples faraway (and, for fervour, the further the better). It 

[183] was the heyday of the self-righteous, of those who only wanted the good of others, and cared not how 
much bad they did under that banner. The do-gooders founded a generation, and also an industry (for this 
vocation was not devoid of material reward, as well as plaudits). In the name of freedom, these folk were in 
our day to applaud, and help bring about, the re-enslavement of half Europe. 

Into such a time Henry Wentworth Monk was born (1827) in a farm settlement on the then remote 
Ottawa River in Canada. At seven he was wrenched from kith and kip and transported to the Bluecoat 
School in London, at that time a rigorous place for a lonely child. The boys wore the dress of their founder's 
day (Edward VI), long blue coat, priestly cravat, yellow stockings and buckled shoon. They lived as a sect 
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Thus young Monk had many emotional needs, crying to be appeased, and his child's mind began to 
find modern applications in the Old Testament, to which his infant mind was so diligently directed. By "swift 
beasts", he deduced, Isaiah meant railways, and by "swift messengers", steamships. He next decided, at this 
early age, that he had found the keys to "prophecy" and could interpret the mind of God in terms of his day. 
He ignored the warnings of the Israelite prophets and of the New Testament against this very temptation; 
what he found was merely the teaching of the Levitical priesthood, that one day the heathen would be 
destroyed and the chosen people re-gathered in their supreme kingdom in the promised land. 

Men of rank and influence also were toying with this idea that the time had come for them to make up 
God's mind. When Monk was eleven a Lord Shaftesbury proposed that the great powers should buy Palestine 
from the Sultan of Turkey and "restore it to the Jews". England then had a statesman, Lord Palmerston, who 
did not let such notions disturb his duty, and nothing was done. But in young Monk an idea was ignited, and 
The Prophet was born; his life thenceforth held no other interest until it ended sixty years later! 

At fourteen he obtained special leave to attend a sermon preached by "the first English Bishop in 
Jerusalem" (whose name, history records, was Solomon Alexander). The little boy returned to school with 
shining eyes, dedicated to his life's work of procuring Palestine, without regard to the people already in it, for 
some body of other people utterly unknown to him. The idea would not let him settle down on his father's 
Canadian farm when he returned to it; it stood between him and the Christian ministry, when he was made a 
candidate for this. He pored over the Old Testament and found it was but a code, that cleared before his 

Thus he fell into the irreverence which the study of the Levitical scriptures sometimes produces in 
men who describe them selves as Christians and yet ignore the New Testament. Once they accept the 
concept of foretellings to be literally fulfilled, they yield, in fact, to the Judaic Law of a political contract which 

[184] no latitude whatever to God, save in the one point of the time of completion. From that they proceed, 
in one bound, to the conclusion that they know the time (which God, presumably, has forgotten). At that 
stage such men believe that they are God. This is the end to which the process must lead them: the denial of 
Christianity, and of all divinity. This is the profanity to which all leading politicians of the West, in our 
century, lent themselves; Monk was the original of a multitude. 

Even in his remote Canadian habitat he found other prophets. An American Jew, a Major Mordecai 
Noah, was trying to build a Jewish "city of refuge" on an island in the Niagara River, preparatory to "the 
return"; from what the Jews of North America needed refuge, until they "returned", he alone knew. Also, a 
Mr. Warder Cresson. the first United States Consul in Jerusalem, became so ardent for "restoration" that he 
embraced Judaism and published a book, Jerusalem The Centre And Joy Of The Whole World. Returning to 
America, he cast off his Gentile wife, renamed himself Michael Boas Israel, went to Palestine and there 
contrived to marry a Jewish girl with whom he could communicate only by signs. 

All this fired Monk's ardour the more. He decided, in the Old Testamentary tradition, no more to cut 
his hair or adorn his body until "Zion is restored". As his hair grew abundantly, he became most hirsute; as 
he sold his small property and thereafter never laboured, he was for the rest of his days dependent on others. 
At twenty-six he set out for Jerusalem and reached it after much hardship. Having nothing but shagginess and 
shabbiness to testify to the truth of his message, he found few hearers. 

Monk might have disappeared from the annals at that point but for a chance encounter which made 
him publicly known. In this century of world wars, trans-continental and trans-oceanic projectiles, and mass- 
destroying explosives, the 19th Century counts as a stable, peaceful period of time, unshadowed by fear for 
the morrow. The student, particularly of this controversy of Zion, is astonished to find how many educated 
men apparently lived in fright of annihilation and decided that they could only be saved if a body of the 
planet's inhabitants were transported to Arabia. The Prophet's path crossed that of another of these 
tremulous beings. 

A young English painter, Holman Hunt, appeared in Jerusalem. He also was ready for "a cause", for he 
was waging the characteristic feud of the young artist against the Academicians, and that produces an 
inflammable state of mind. He enjoyed ill health and often thought his end near (he lived to be eighty- three). 
He had just painted The Tight of the World, which depicted Jesus, lantern in hand, at the sinner's door, and the 
sudden apparition of the bearded Monk caught his imagination. He grasped eagerly at the Prophet's idea of 
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So these two, Prophet, and pre-Raphaelite, concerted a plan to starde the 
[185] indifferent world. Monk depicted "the scapegoat" to Holman Hunt as the symbol of Jewish persecution 
by mankind. They agreed that Holman Hunt should paint a picture of "the scapegoat" and that Monk should 
simultaneously write a book explaining that the time had come for the persecuted to be restored, in fulfilment 
of prophecy. 

(In fact the scapegoat was an ingenious Levitical device, whereby the priest was empowered to absolve 
the congregation of its sins by taking two kids of the goat, killing one for a sin-offering, and driving the other 
into the wilderness to expiate by its suffering "all their transgressions and all their sins. . . putting them upon 
the head of the goat". The Prophet and Holman Hunt transformed the meaning into its opposite. The 
scapegoat for the sins of the Jews was to become the symbol of the Jews themselves; its tormentors, the 
Levitical priests, were by implication to be changed into Gentile oppressors!) 

Holman Hunt went to work; this was a delightful way, both to take a swing at the Royal Academy 
("problem pictures") and to identify himself with a cause. His picture would say more than any spoken word, 
and it would be followed by Monk's written word. The Picture and The Book, The Symbol and The 
Interpretation, The Herald and The Prophet: once the world beheld "The Scapegoat" Monk's work of 
revelation would find an audience, awakened to its transgressions and eager to make amends. 

Hunt, wearing Arab robes and carrying easel and rifle, was then seen by the Bedouin driving a white 
goat to the Dead Sea. He painted an excellent picture of a goat (indeed, of two goats, as the first goat, with 
excessive zeal, died, and a substitute had to be found). For greater effect, a camel's skeleton was brought from 
Sodom and a goat's skull borrowed, and these were arranged in the background. The painting certainly 
produces the impression that the Levites must have been cruel (the animal's agony was graphically 
represented) and wicked, to pretend that by its suffering they could wash out all the iniquities of their people: 
Holman Hunt took it to England, first pledging himself, with Monk, "to the restoration of the Temple, the 
abolition of warfare among men, and the coming of the Kingdom of God upon the earth"; probably no 
painter ever had such large purposes in mind when he conceived a picture. 

Monk then produced his Simple Interpretation of the 'Revelation and the joint undertaking was complete; the 
world had but to respond. In this first book Monk still tried to wed Levitical politics with Christian doctrine. 
Historically he stayed on safe ground; he pointed out, correctly, that "the ten tribes" could not have become 
extinct, but lived on in the mass of mankind: This led him to his "interpretation", which was to the effect that 
"the true Israelites", Jewish and Christian, should migrate to Palestine and establish a model state there (at 
that point he was far from literal Zionism, and ran risk of being accounted an "antisemite"). His portrayal of 
the consequences was plain demagogy; if this were done, he said, war would come to an end. But then came 
the paramount idea 

[186] (and who knows whence Monk got it?): an International Government must be set up in Jerusalem. 
Here Monk hit on the true intention of Zionism. Monk was only enabled to have his work published through 
an acquaintanceship which he owed to Holman Hunt: John Ruskin, the famous art critic, prevailed on the 
publisher Constable to print it. The Book (like The Picture) failed of effect, but Ruskin helped The Prophet 
with money and in other ways, and thus saved him from oblivion. 

Ruskin, too, was the product of early pressures and inner disappointments. Like Wilkie Collins (an 
excellent craftsman who could not rest content with writing good novels and vainly tried to emulate 
Dickens's gift for arousing moral indignation), he was not happy to remain in the field where he was eminent 
but was ever ready to champion (and less ready to examine) anything that looked like a moral cause. Like 
Monk, he had been drilled in the Old Testament as a child (though by a possessive Puritan mother), and he 
was recurrently unlucky in love, sometimes humiliatingly so. He was therefore at all times in search of an 
outlet for unspent emotional impulses. He feared life and the future, so that The Prophet's incessant 
warnings of wrath to come unnerved him and made him put his hand in his pocket. He had a large audience 
and yielded to the same impiety as Monk and Holman; as his biographer says (Mr. Besketh Pearson), "he 
succumbed to the delusion, common to all messiahs, that his word was God's", and in the end his reason 
waned, but by then he had enabled The Prophet to preach and wander on. 

After the failure of Monk's book Holman Hunt tried again. He began a painting of Jesus, in the 
synagogue, reading the messianic prophecies and announcing their fulfilment in himself. To make his 
meaning clear, he used Monk as the model for the figure of Jesus, and the indignation of the elders was to 
symbolize the world's rejection of The Prophet. Holman Hunt's preliminary study for this picture is in the 
National Gallery at Ottawa and shows Monk holding in one hand the Bible (open at the Book of the 
Revelation) and in the other: a copy of the London Times. (I was working in monastic seclusion in Montreal, 
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neighbours were then surprised by the loud noise of mirth which burst from the usually silent room where a 
former correspondent of The Times bent over his labours). 

Thereafter human nature slowly had its way. Holman Hunt sold a picture of the Finding of Christ in the 
Temple for 5,500 (pounds) and his resentment against life (and the Academicians) mellowed. He found himself 
unable to ask the tattered Prophet to accompany him to fine houses like those of Val Prinsep and Tennyson. 
Ruskin was busy with ill-starred loves, and was becoming sceptical as well. Nevertheless, these two sedentary 
men could not quite forget The Prophet's warnings that they would be destroyed unless they soon effected 
the restoration of the Jews to Palestine. He was always telling them that "the day" was at hand 
[187] and pointing to some warlike episode, in Africa or Asia Minor or the Balkans or Europe, as the foretold 
beginning of the end; skirmishes and minor campaigns never lacked. At last Holman Hunt and Ruskin hit on 
a plan which seemed likely to allay their fears, appease their consciences and rid them of The Prophet; they 
urged him to go to Jerusalem and (like Sabbatai Zevi) proclaim the approach of The Millennium! 

He was about to go when another war broke out, completely confounding him because it was not in 
any of the places where, interpreting prophecy, he had foretold the beginning of the end of days. It was in the 
very area from which, according to his published interpretation, salvation was to come: America. 

After a glance at the authorities, The Prophet announced that he had located the error in his 
calculations: the Civil War was in fact the great, premonitory event. Now something must be done about 
Palestine without delay! John Ruskin put his foot down. If The Prophet were truly a prophet, he said, let him 
hasten to America before he went to Jerusalem, and call down some sign from heaven that would stop the 
Civil War. He, Ruskin, would finance the journey. And The Prophet went, to stop the Civil War. 

The tradition then prevailed in America that a republican president must be accessible to all, and Mr. 
Abraham Lincoln was so beleaguered three days a week. One day, when the President's doors were open, The 
Prophet was swept in with a crowd of patronage- seekers, petitioners and sightseers. 

His appearance gained him a few words of conversation with the President. Mr. Lincoln's harassed eye 
was arrested by the sight of something peering at him through the undergrowth. He asked who the visitor 
was, then learning that he was a Canadian come to end the war. Asked for his proposal, The Prophet urged 
that the South free its slaves against compensation and the North agree to Southern secession, a suggestion 
which (Monk recorded) "appeared to amuse the President. Mr. Lincoln asked, "Do not you Canadians 
consider my Emancipation Proclamation as a great step forward in the social and moral progress of the 

Monk said this was not enough: "Why not follow the emancipation of the Negro by a still more urgent 
step: the emancipation of the Jew?" Mr. Lincoln was baffled (the Jews had always been emancipated in 
America) and asked in astonishment, "The Jew, why the Jew? Are they not free already?" 

Monk said, "Certainly, Mr. President, the American Jew is free, and so is the British Jew, but not the 
European. In America we live so far off that we are blind to what goes on in Russia and Prussia and Turkey. 
There can be no permanent peace in the world until the civilized nations, led, I hope, by Great Britain and 
the United States, atone for what they have done to the Jews, for their two thousand years of persecution, by 
restoring them to their national home in Palestine, and making Jerusalem the capital city of a reunited 

Characteristically, Monk had never been to "Russia, Prussia or Turkey"; he 
[188] was that kind of "Liberal". In Russia the Talmudic rabbinate was opposing emancipation by every 
means, and two years before Monk saw Mr. Lincoln the Czar Alexander II had been assassinated when he 
announced a parliamentary constitution; in Prussia the Jews were emancipated and for this very reason were 
the objects of attack by the Jews in Russia; the Jews under Turkish rule (which oppressed all subject 
nationalities impartially) were already in Palestine and thus could not be restored thither. 

In Mr. Lincoln's day the notion that all wars, wherever fought and for whatever reason, ought to be 
diverted to the aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine was new (today it is generally accepted and put 
into practice, as the two world wars have shown), and the President was again amused. 

He had on hand the cruellest war in Western history, up to that time. Being a man of resource, and 
versed in dealing with importuners, he rid himself of The Prophet with a good-humoured jest. "My 
chiropodist is a Jew", he said, "and he has so often put me on my feet that I would have no objection to 
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await its end: "then we may begin again to see visions and dream dreams". (Another topic for a debating 
society: was the use of this phrase chance or intention? Mr. Lincoln certainly knew what fate the Old 
Testament prescribes for "false prophets and dreamers of dreams".) 

Monk returned to London and Ruskin paid his expenses to Palestine, whence, on arrival, he was 
deported as a nuisance in 1864. Destitute, he signed as seaman aboard a Boston-bound clipper and, being 
wrecked, swam the last part of the Atlantic. He was cast ashore bleeding and almost naked, so that, looking 
like a bear, he was shot as one, in semi-darkness, by a farmer. He lost his memory and mind, and in this 
condition at last came home. He recovered after some years and at once returned to his obsession. The "day 
of trouble", so long foretold, still had not come; the planet kept its accustomed place. He re-examined 
prophecy and decided that he had erred in recommending the union of Jews and Christians in the world-state 
to be set up in Jerusalem. Now he saw that what prophecy required God to do was first to put the Jews in 
possession of Palestine, and then to set up a worldwide organisation with power to enforce the submission of nations to its 

After a lifetime Monk thus stumbled on the fullness of the political plan of world dominion which is 
contained in the Old Testament, and still thought that he was interpreting divine prophecy. No evidence 
offers that he ever came in contact with the initiates and illuminates of the grand design. The only recorded 
Jewish money he was ever offered was a charitable gift of five pounds "if you are personally in want". He 
moved always in the company and at the cost of the bemused Gentile "Liberals". 

He was forgotten in the Ottawa Valley when, in 1 870, his hope (one must use the word) that "the day 
of troubles" was at last at hand was revived by a huge 

[189] forest fire, which he took as a sign from heaven that the time had come. Somehow he made his way to 
London (1 872) and to Hunt and Ruskin, who had thought him dead. Ruskin was wooing Rose La Touche, so 
that for the time he was unresponsive to warnings of doom and wrote to The Prophet, "I acknowledge the 
wonderfulness of much that you tell me, but I simply do not believe that you can understand so much about 
God when you understand so little about man. . . you appear to me to be mad, but for aught I know I may be 
mad myself (these last words, unhappily, were prescient). 

Such admonitions were not new to The Prophet. His relatives and friends had ever implored him, if he 
felt called to improve mankind, to look around him at home: the lot of the Canadian Indians, or even of the 
Canadians, might be bettered. To a man who held the key to divine revelation advice of this kind was 
sacrilegious, and Monk, by way of various pamphlets, came at length to the idea of a "Palestine Restoration 
Fund". For this he borrowed a notion of Ruskin's, originally devised to help Ruskin's own country; namely, 
that wealthy folk should forfeit a tithe of their incomes for the purpose of reclaiming English wastelands. 
Monk decided that the tithe should serve a better object: the "return"! 

By this time (1875) Ruskin was once more unnerved, first by the death of Rose La Touche and next by 
the apparent imminence of one more distant war (this time a British-Russian one). Clearly The Prophet was 
right after all; the "day of troubles" was come. Ruskin signed Monk's manifesto and dedicated a tenth of his 
income to The Prophet's fund for the purchase of Palestine from the Sultan while the English wastelands 
stayed unreclaimed. When this was achieved, a congress of all nations was to set up a federation of the world 
in Jerusalem. 

The Prophet, thus propped on his feet again, was further helped by Laurence Oliphant, a lion of the 
Victorian drawing rooms whom he had by chance met when he made his way about America, hobo-fashion. 
Oliphant was a man of different type, a bold, cynical venturer, or adventurer. The idea of buying Palestine 
appealed to him, but he had no illusions about it. He wrote to Monk, "Any amount of money can be raised 
upon it, owing to the belief which people have that they would be fulfilling prophecy and bringing on the end of the 
world, I don't know why they are so anxious for the latter event, but it makes the commercial speculation easy", Oliphant, as 
will be seen, did not trouble to hide his disdain for The Prophet's message. * 

In 1880 Holman Hunt, again enjoying deteriorated health, was so alarmed by small warlike episodes in 
Egypt an d South Africa that he thought extinction at 

* Oliphant touched on an interesting point. One interpretation of the numerous prophecies is that the end of the 
world will follow the "return" of the Jews to Palestine, so that the folk who promote this migration presume even to 
determine the moment when Jehovah shall bring the planet to an end. The mystification expressed by Oliphant was felt by 
a perplexed French politician at the Peace Conference of 1919, who asked Mr. Balfour why he was so eager to bring about 
"the return" of the Jews to Palestine; if this truly was the fulfilment of prophecy, then prophecy also decreed that the end 
of the world would follow. Mr. Balfour replied languidly. "Precisely, that is what makes it all so very interesting". 

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[190] hand and joined with Monk in issuing a manifesto which anticipated the Zionist-ruled world- 
government schemes of this century. It was headed "The abolition of national warfare", called on all men of 
goodwill to subscribe a tenth of their income to the realization of "the Kingdom of God" in the form of a 
world government to be set up in Palestine and to be called "the United Nations", and proposed that the money 
be given to Mr. Monk for the purpose of acquiring Palestine. 

That was the finish. Ruskin, approaching his end, rudely refused all further part in the fantasy. 
Oliphant dropped out. The "Bank of Israel" came to nothing. Samuel Butler showed The Prophet the door. 
Even Holman Hunt at last appealed to him to preach "that there is a God in heaven, who will judge every 
man on earth" and to desist from pretending in effect that he, Monk, was God. The Jews spoke similarly: one 
told him, "The land of our forefathers is dead, and Palestine is its grave. . . to attempt to form a nation from the 
polyglot people of Judaism today would only end in utter failure". 

Monk was beyond redemption. In 1 884 the Bluecoat boy returned to Ottawa for the last time and 
spent his final years canvassing, pamphleteering, and haranguing members of the Canadian House of 
Commons as they sat, between sessions, in their garden by the Ottawa River. They listened to him with 
amused indulgence; sixty years later Canadian Ministers, at Ottawa and New York, were to repeat all the 
things Monk said as the unassailable principles of high policy, and no Member would demur. 

Monk's life was wretched and was not redeemed by any true faith or genuine mission. This account of 
it is given to show how false and foolish the great project was seen to be, and how misguided the men who 
took it up, against the background of the last century. The fallacy of the whole notion, of Zionism leading to 
the despotic world-government, is instantly displayed when it is considered in that setting, with Monk and his 
friends declaiming from the stage. The whole thing then is seen as a picaresque comedy; a farce, not merely 
because it was unsuccessful, but because it was never serious. What was recommended could not be seriously 
entertained because its consequences obviously had not been considered and, if calculated, at once were 
foreseen to be disastrous. Against the background of a time when debate was free and opinion, being 
informed, might be brought to bear on the matter, these men strut foolishly, leaving only the faint echo of 
clownish noises in the corridors of time. 

Nevertheless, in the present century the entire vainglorious scheme, unchanged, was imported into the 
life of peoples as a serious and urgent undertaking, transcending the needs of nations. Indeed, it was made a 
sacrosanct one, for an unwritten law of heresy was set around it which in effect checked the antiseptic force 
of public discussion, and within this palisade the politicians of the West made a morality play out of The 
Prophet's claptrap. John Ruskin and Holman Hunt, from whatever bourne the Victorian friends of the 
oppressed may 

[191] now inhabit, may look down and see the graves of many dead, and the living graves of nearly a million 
fugitives, as the first results of their great plan, now in accomplishment. 

Monk, had he lived in this century, would have been qualified for important political rank, for support 
of this cause has become the first condition for admission to the high temporal places. His life was spent in 
pursuing the lure of an excessive vanity and in the very year of his death, 1896, the fantasy which led him 
became a political and practical reality, dominating our time. While he went his vagrant way between Ottawa, 
Washington, London and Jerusalem very different men, in Russia, built up the real force of Zionism. In 1896 
it was launched into the lives of the peoples, and its explosive detonations have grown louder and more 
destructive until today even the newspaper scribes commonly allude to it as the issue which may set the spark 
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In the second half of the last century when Communism and Zionism began their simultaneous assault 
on the West, Europe was a place of strong and confident states well able to withstand the effects of inner 
troubles and foreign wars. The revolutionary outbreaks of 1848 had been overcome without great exertion. 
Austria- Hungary and France were not much weakened by their Prussian defeats in 1866 and 1871; they 
resumed their national existences, as defeated countries for centuries had done, side by side with yesterday's 
victor, and soon were tranquil again. The Balkan people, emerging from five centuries of Turkish rule also 
were moving towards prosperity, in the kindlier air of national freedom. On the eastern borders of Europe 
Russia, under the flag of Christendom, appeared to be joining in this process of national and individual 

The appearance was deceptive, for the two maggots were in the apple, and today's scene shows the 
result. The eighteen Christian centuries which, despite ups and downs showed a total sum of human 
betterment greater than that of any earlier time known to man, were coming either to an end or an 
interregnum; which, we still do not know, though believers have no doubt about the good resumption, 
somewhen. However, one eminent man of that period, from whom confidence in the outcome might have 
been expected, foresaw what was to come in our century and thought it would be the end, not a transient 
Dark Age. 

This was Henry Edward Manning, the English clergyman who was converted to Rome, became 
Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and, had he accepted nomination by his fellow cardinals, might have 
become Pope. Edmund Burke, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton had all perceived the worldwide aims 
of the revolution and foretold its spreading eruptions. Disraeli, Bakunin and others, a half-century later, had 
testified to, and warned against, the Jewish usurpation of the revolutionary leadership. Manning joined in 
these warnings but also foresaw the coming of Zionism and the part it would play in the dual process. 

Of the revolution he said, "The secret societies of the world, the existence of which men laugh at and deny in the 
plenitude of their self-confidence; the secret societies are forcing their existence and their reality upon the 
consciousness of those who, until the other day, would not believe that they existed" (1861). He expected the 
full success of Weishaupt's original plan and thought the time in which he lived was "the prelude of the anti- 
Christian period of the final dethronement of Christendom, and of the restoration of society without God in 
the world". Today the anti-Christian revolution holds temporal power in half of Europe, the Christian cross 
has been expunged from the flags of all great European nations save the British and from those of many 
small ones, and a "society without God" has been set up as a potential world-government, so that 
[193] these words of ninety years ago are seen as an impressive forecast part- fulfilled. 

Then (and in this he rose above the other seers) he depicted the part which Zionism would play in this 
process: "Those who have lost faith in the Incarnation, such as humanitarians, rationalists and pantheists, 
may well be deceived by any person of great political power and success, who should restore the Jews to their own 
land, . . and there is nothing in the political aspect of the world which renders such a combination 

Finally, he said that he expected the personal coming of Antichrist in the form of a Jew. (In these words 
he moved from the ground of political calculation, where as events have shown he was expert, to that of 
interpreting prophecy; he related Saint Paul's message to the Thessalonians, 2.1.iii-xi, to the coming time, 
saying, "It is a law of Holy Scripture that when persons are prophesied of, persons appear".) 

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Thus, while Europe outwardly appeared to be slowly moving towards an improving future on the path 
which for eighteen centuries had served it well, in the Talmudic areas of Russia Zionism joined Communism 
as the second of the two forces which were to intercept that process. Communism was designed to subvert 
the masses; it was the "great popular movement" foreseen by Disraeli, by means of which "the secret 
societies" were to work in unison for the disruption of Europe. Zionism set out to subvert rulers at the top. 
Neither force could have moved forward without the other, for rulers of unimpaired authority would have 
checked the revolution as it had been checked in 1 848. 

Zionism was essentially the rejoinder of the Talmudic centre in Russia to the emancipation of Jews in 
the West. It was the intimation that they must not involve themselves in mankind but must remain apart. 

Never since Babylon had the ruling sect ventured to play this card. It can never be played again, if the 
present attempt ultimately ends in fiasco. For that reason the Talmudists ever refrained from playing it, and 
only did this when emancipation confronted them with a vital emergency, the loss of their power over Jewry. 
Indeed, they had always denounced as "false Messiahs" those who clamoured that the day of fulfilment was 
come. 'Had Sabbatai Zevi, or for that matter Cromwell or Napoleon, been able to deliver Palestine to them, 
they might have proclaimed one of these to be the Messiah. On this occasion they proclaimed themselves to be 
the Messiah, and that bold enterprise can hardly be repeated. Historically therefore, we are probably moving 
towards the end of the destructive plan, because it obviously cannot be fulfilled, but the present generation, 
and possibly some generations to come, by all the signs have yet a heavy price to pay for having encouraged 
the attempt. 

Dr. Chaim Weizmann's book is the best single fount of information about the twin roots of 
Communism and Zionism and their convergent purpose. He was present at the birth of Zionism, he became 
its roving plenipotentiary, he was for forty years the darling of Western courts, presidential offices and 
cabinet rooms, 

[194] he became the first president of the Zionist state, and he told the entire tale with astonishing candour. 
He shows how, in those remote Talmudic communities nearly a hundred years ago, the strategy took shape 
which in its consequences was to catch up, as in a vortex, all peoples of the West. Americans and Britons, 
Germans and Frenchmen, Italians, Poles, Scandinavians, Baits, the Balkanic peoples and all others were to be 
implicated. The lifeblood and treasure of the West were to be spent on the promotion of these two 
complementary purposes like water from a running tap. 

Millions, living and dead, were during two wars involved in their furtherance. Men now being born 
inherit a share in the final upheavals to which they must inexorably lead. The Jews shared in all that 
tribulation, in their small proportion to the masses affected. Dr. Weizmann's account enables today's student 
to see the beginnings of all this; and now this narrative reaches our own time, which receives daily shape from 
what then occurred. 

He explains that the Jews in Russia were divided into three groups. The first group was that of the 
Jews who, seeking "the peace of the city", simply wanted to become peaceable Russian citizens, as the Jews of 
the West, in the majority, at that time were loyal German, French or other citizens. Emancipation was for this 
group the final aim, and it chiefly contained those Jews who, by talent, diligence and fear of Talmudic rule, 
had escaped from the ghettoes. 

Dr. Weizmann dismisses it as small, unrepresentative and "renegade", and as it was swept away it must 
also disappear from this narrative, which belongs to the two other groups. By the edict of the Talmudists it 
has "disappeared from the face of the earth", or been excommunicated. 

The remaining mass of Jews in Russia, (that is, those that lived in the ghettoes under Talmudic rule) 
were divided into two groups by a vertical line which split households and families, including Dr. Weizmann's 
own house and family. Both groups were revolutionary; that is to say, they agreed in working for the 
destruction of Russia. The dissension was solely on the point of Zionism. The "Communist-revolutionary" 
group held that full "emancipation" would be achieved when the world-revolution supplanted the nation- 
states everywhere. The "Zionist-revolutionary" group, while agreeing that the world-revolution was 
indispensable to the process, held that full "emancipation" would only be achieved when a Jewish nation was 
established in a Jewish state. 

Of these two groups, the Zionist one was clearly the superior in Talmudic orthodoxy, as destruction, 
under the Law is but a means to the end of domination, and the dominant nation is that ordained to be set up 
in Jerusalem. In the households, dispute was fierce. The Communists maintained that Zionism would weaken 
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the restoration of the chosen people, of whom race was the creed. Individual members of these households 
probably believed that the point in dispute was valid, but in fact it was not. 


Neither oi these groups could have taken shape, in those sternly ruled communities, against the will of 
the rabbinate. If the rabbis had given out the word that Communism was "transgression" and Zionism 
"observance" of "the statutes and judgments", there would have been no Communists in the ghettoes, only 

The ruling sect, looking into the future above the heads of the regimented mass, evidently saw that 
both groups were essential to the end in view; and Disraeli, in one of the passages earlier quoted, named the 
motive. From the middle of the last century the story of the revolution is that of Communism and Zionism, 
directed from one source and working to a convergent aim. 

Dr. Weizmann gives an illuminating glimpse of this apparent dissension among the members of a 
conspiratorial, but divided, Jewish household where the ultimate shape of the high strategy was not seen and 
the issue between "revolutionary-Communism" and "revolutionary-Zionism" was fiercely argued. He quotes 
his mother, the Jewish matriarch, as saying contentedly that if the Communist-revolutionary son were proved 
right she would be happy in Russia, and if the Zionist-revolutionary one were correct, then she would be 
happy in Palestine. In the outcome both were by their lights proved right; after spending some years in 
Bolshevized Moscow she went to end her days in Zionized Palestine. That was after the two conspiracies, 
having grown in secrecy side by side, triumphed in the same week of 1917. 

Communism was already an organized, though still a secret and conspiratorial party in the ghettoes 
when Zionism first took organized (though equally secret) form in the Chibath Zion (Love of Zion) 
movement. This was founded at Pinsk, where Dr. Weizmann went to school, so that as a boy his path led 
him into the Zionist-revolutionary wing of the anti-Russian conspiracy. In his childhood (1881) something 
happened which threatened to destroy the entire legend of "persecution in Russia" on which Talmudic 
propaganda in the outer world was based. 

In 1861 Czar Alexander II, the famous Liberator, had liberated 23,000,000 Russian serfs. From that 
moment the prospect of liberty and improvement on the Western model opened out for Russian citizens of 
all nationalities (Russia contained about 160 nationalities and the Jews formed about 4 percent of the total 
population). Then, during the twenty years following the liberation of the serfs, the Jews began, under 
Talmudic direction, to offer "bitter passive resistance to all 'attempts at improvements' " (Dr. Kastein). In 
March 1881, Alexander II moved to complete his life's work by proclaiming a parliamentary constitution. Dr. 
Kastein's comment speaks for itself: "It is not surprising to find a Jewess taking part in the conspiracy which 
led to the assassination of Alexander II" . 

This event, the first of a similar series, was the first major success of the revolutionaries in preventing 
emancipation. It restored the ideal condition 

[196] depicted by Moses Hess (one of the earliest Zionist propagandists) in the year following the liberation of 
the serfs: "We Jews shall always remain strangers among the nations; these, it is true, will grant us rights from 
feelings of humanity and justice, but they will never respect us so long as we place our great memories in the 
second rank and accept as our first principle, 'Where I flourish, there is my country' ". 

During this period Leon Pinsker, another herald of Zionism, published his book Auto-Emancipation. 
The title was a threat (to the initiated); it meant, "We will not accept any kind of emancipation bestowed on 
us by others; we will emancipate ourselves and will give 'emancipation' our own interpretation". He said, 
"There is an inexorable and inescapable conflict between humans known as Jews and other humans", and he 
described the master-method to be used to bring about this "self-emancipation" and to "restore the Jewish 
nation": the struggle to achieve "these ends, he said, "must be entered upon in such a spirit as to exert an irresistible 
pressure upon the international politics of the present ". 

These words of 1882 are some of the most significant in this entire story. They show foreknowledge of 
the highest order, as the reader may discern if he try to picture, say, some Polish or Ukrainian patriot-in-exile 
talking, then or now, of "exerting irresistible pressure upon international politics". The political emitter is a 
sad man of hope deferred, an habitue of the Cafe des Exiles who is usually thankful if the second secretary of 
an Under Secretary of State deigns to spare him half an hour. Pinsker was an obscure Jewish emigre in Berlin, 
little known outside revolutionary circles, when he wrote these words, which would seem to be of the most 
foolish pretension if the events of the next seventy years had not proved that he knew exactly what he meant. 
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outer world, had powerful support far outside Russia and this unknown Pinsker was aware of the methods by 
which the affairs of the world were to be rearranged. 

Such was the state of the two-headed conspiracy in Russia when Dr. Weizmann grew to manhood and 
began to play his part. The word "conspiracy", frequently used here, is not the author's; Dr. Weizmann 
candidly employs it. Loathing Russia, he went (without hindrance) to Germany. The sight of "emancipated" 
Jews there so repelled him that he longed for the ghettoes of Russia and returned to them during his holidays, 
then resuming his part in "the conspiracy", as he says. Then, at various universities in the emancipated West 
he continued his "open fight" to de-emancipate the Jews of Europe. They recognized the danger and turned 
faces of fear and enmity to these Ostjuden. 

Thus in Germany Gabriel Rieser told the Zionist-revolutionaries from Russia "We did not immigrate 
here, we were born here, and because we were born here, we lay no claim to a home anywhere else; we are 
either Germans or else we are homeless". Similarly, the rabbis of Reform Judaism resolved that "the idea of 
the Messiah deserves every consideration in our prayers, but all requests that we may 

[197] be led back to the land of our fathers and the Jewish State be restored must be dropped out of them". 

These Jews struggled to keep faith with the Sanhedrin's pledges. They had made peace with mankind, 
and it appeared impossible that the Talmudists could ever lead them back into a new Nehemiahan captivity. 
Dr. Kastein records with horror that towards the end of the 19th century "one Jew in five married a Gentile" 
and, with greater horror, that in war "on all fronts Jew stood opposed to Jew; this was a tragedy . . . which 
will be repeated ... as long as Jews are compelled to fulfil their duties as citizens of the lands of their adoption". 

The shadow of the new Talmudic captivity was much nearer to the Jews of the West than even they 
could suspect. The elders in Russia had been organizing during all these decades and as the end of the century 
approached were ready to "exert irresistible pressure upon the international politics of the present". The most 
successful specialist in this exertion of pressure; a roving Zionist prime minister, was young Chaim 
Weizmann, who during the last years of Monk's life moved about the European cities and universities, from 
Darmstadt to Berlin, and later from Berlin to Geneva, planting therein the time-bombs of the future and 
preparing for his 20th Century task. 

As the century closed came a sudden acceleration in this process, as if a machine long in construction 
were completed and began to run at high power, and its throbbing pulsations were at once felt throughout all 
Jewry, though the Gentile masses, less sensitive to such vibrations, remarked them not at all. In the 
succession to Moses Hess another Jew from Russia, Asher Ginsburg (Ahad Ha'am) proclaimed that the Jews 
not only formed a nation but must have a Jewish state in Palestine. However, this was but one more voice 
from remote Russia, and the weakness of the Jews in the West was that they did not realize the power and 
strength of the compact, organized mass in the Eastern ghettoes, or at any rate, they could not see how it 
could make itself felt in Europe. 

The warning to them came in 1896, the year of Prophet Monk's death, when Theodor Herzl published 
The jewish State, With that, the cat was in their dovecot, and not very long afterwards the doves were in the 
cat. Their ranks were split, for this Theodor Herzl was not one of the Eastern Jews, not a Jew from Russia. 
He was one of themselves, or at all events they held him to be one. He appeared to be the very model of an 
emancipated Western Jew, yet he was on the side of the Zionists. A premonitory tremor ran through Jewry. 
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If mere chance, ever and again, produces men like Karl Marx and Dr. Theodor Herzl at moments 
when their acts can lead to destructive consequences out of proportion to their own importance, then chance 
in the past century has been enlisted in the conspiracy against the West. The likelier explanation is that a 
higher command was already in charge of these events and that it chose, or at all events used Herzl for the 
part he played. The brevity of his course across the firmament (like that of a shooting star), the disdainful way 
in which when his task was done he was cast aside, and his unhappy end would all support that explanation. 

Those who have known Vienna and its atmosphere in our century will understand Herzl and his effect. 
A declining monarchy and a tottering nobility: a class of Jews rising suddenly and swiftly to the highest places; 
these things made great impression among the Jewish masses. Dr. Herzl, rather than the Neue Freie Presse, now 
told them how went the world and instructed politicians what to do. Obsequious Obers in the chattering cafes 
hastened to serve "Herr Doktor!" It was all new, exciting. Self-importance filled the Herzl's and de Blowitz's 
of that time and when Dr. Herzl emerged as the self-proclaimed herald of Zion the Western Jews were left 
awed and uncertain. If Dr. Herzl could talk like this to the Great Powers, perhaps he was right and the 
Napoleonic Sanhedrin had been wrong! 

Could it be true that policy was made in Dr. Herzl's office, not in the Ballhausplatz? Had a Jew from 
Russia written The Jewish State, or attempted to set up a World Zionist Organization, the Western Jews would 
have ignored him, for they feared the conspiracy from the East and at least suspected its implications. But if 
Dr. Herzl, a fully emancipated Western Jew, thought that Jews must re-segregate themselves, the matter was 
becoming serious. 

Herzl asserted that the Dreyfus case had convinced him of the reality of "antisemitism". The term was 
then of fairly recent coinage, though Dr. Kastein seeks to show that the state of mind denoted by it is 
immemorial by saying "it has existed from the time that Judaism came into contact with other peoples in 
something more than neighbourly hostility". (By this definition resistance in war is "antisemitism", and the 
"neighbours" in the tribal warfare of antique times, to which he refers, were themselves Semites. However, 
the words "contact exceeding neighbourly hostility" offer a good example of Zionist pilpulism.) 

Anyway, Dr. Herzl stated that "the Dreyfus process made me a Zionist", and the words are as empty 
as Mr. Lloyd George's later ones, "Acetone converted me to Zionism" (which were demonstrably untrue). 
The Dreyfus case gave the Jews complete proof of the validity of emancipation and of the impartiality of 
justice under it. Never was one man defended so publicly by so many or so fully vindicated. Today whole 
nations, east of Berlin, have no right to any process of 

[199] law and the West, which signed the deed of their outlawry, is indifferent to their plight; they may be 
imprisoned or killed without charge or trial. Yet in the West today the Dreyfus case, the classic example of 
justice, continues to be cited by the propagandists as the horrid example of injustice. If the case for or against 
Zionism stood or fell by the Dreyfus case, the word should have disappeared from history at that point. 

Nevertheless Dr. Herzl demanded that "the sovereignty be granted us over a portion of the globe large enough to 
satisfy the righful requirements of a nation" (he specified no particular territory and did not especially lean towards 
Palestine). For the first time the idea of resurrecting a Jewish state came under lively discussion among 
Western Jews.* The London Jewish Chronicle described the book as "one of the most astounding 
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focus of power, to canvass his idea. After successful meetings in London's East End he decided to call a 
Congress of Jews in support of it. 

Consequently, in March 1 897, Jews "all over the world" were invited to send delegates to a "Zionist 
congress", a counter-Sanhedrin, at Munich in August. The Western Jews were adamantly opposed. The rabbis 
of Germany, and then the Jews of Munich, protested, and the place of meeting was changed to Basel, in 
Switzerland. The Reform Jews of America two years earlier had announced that they expected "neither a 
return to Palestine. . . nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning the Jewish State". (Most curious to 
relate today, when Rabbi Stephen Wise in 1899 suggested a book about Zionism to the Jewish Publication 
Society of America its secretary replied, "The Society cannot risk a book on Zionism"). 

When Herzl's congress met most of the 197 delegates came from Eastern Europe. This group of men 
then set up a "World Zionist Organization", which proclaimed Jewish nationhood and "a publicly secured, 
legally assured home" to be its aims, and Herzl declared "The Jewish State exists". In fact, a few Jews, 
claiming to speak for all Jews but vehemendy repudiated by many representative bodies of Western Jewry, 
had held a meeting in Basel, and that was all. 

Nevertheless, the proposal, for what it was worth in those circumstances, was at last on the table of 
international affairs. The congress was in fact a Sanhedrin summoned to cancel the avowals made by the 
Napoleonic Sanhedrin eighty years before. That Sanhedrin repudiated separate nationhood and any ambition 
to form a Jewish state; this one proclaimed separate nationhood and the ambition of statehood. Looking back 
fifty years later, Rabbi Elmer Berger observed, "Here was the wedge of Jewish nationalism, to be driven 
between Jews and other human beings. Here was the permanent mould of ghettoism into which Jewish 

* At that time it hardly reached the mind of the Gentile multitude. In 1841 a Colonel Churchill, English Consul at 
Smyrna, at the conference of Central European States called to determine the future of Syria had put forward a proposal to 
set up a Jewish state in Palestine, but apparently it was dismissed with little or no consideration. 

[200] life in the unemancipated nations was to remain compressed so that the self-generating processes of 
emancipation and integration could not come into play". 

The Napoleonic Sanhedrin had a basic flaw, now revealed, of which Napoleon may well have been 
unaware. It represented the Western Jews, and Napoleon cannot reasonably be expected to have known of the 
strength of the compact, Talmudic-ruled mass of Jews in Russia, for Dr. Herzl, who surely should have 
known of this, was ignorant of it! He made the discovery at that first World Zionist Congress, called by him 
in such confident expectation of mass-support: "and then. . . there rose before our eyes a Russian Jewry, the 
strength of which we had not even suspected. Seventy of our delegates came from Russia, and it was patent to all of 
us that they represented the views and sentiments of the five million Jews of that country. What a humiliation 
for us, who had taken our superiority for granted!" 

Dr. Herzl found himself face to face with his masters and with the conspiracy, which through him was 
about to enter the West. He had declared war on emancipation and, like many successors, was unaware of the 
nature of the force he had released. He was soon left behind, a bugler whose task was done, while the real 
"managers" took over. 

He had forged the instrument which they were to use in their onslaught on the West. Dr. Weizmann, 
who became the real leader, clearly sees that: "It was Dr. Herzl's enduring contribution to Zionism to have 
created one central parliamentary authority for Zionism . . . This was the first time in the exilic history of 
Jewry that a great government had officially negotiated with the elected representatives of the Jewish people. 
The identity, the legal personality of the Jewish people, had been re-established". 

Dr. Weizmann presumably smiled to himself when he included the words "parliamentary" and 
"elected". The middle sentence contains the great fact. The Jews who met at Basel, shunned by the majority 
of Western Jews, and its declarations, could only be lent authority by one event, which at that time seemed 
unimaginable; namely, their recognition by a Great Power. This inconceivable thing happened a few years 
later when the British Government offered Dr. Herzl Uganda, and that is the event to which Dr. Weizmann 
refers. From that moment all the Great Powers of the West in effect accepted the Talmudists from Russia as 
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Thus ended the century of emancipation, which began with such bright prospect of common 
involvement, and the prescient words of Mr. Houston Stewart Chamberlain (written just before Dr. Herzl's 
congress met at Basel) at once became truth and living reality. Looking back on Gottfried von Herder's 
words of a hundred years before, "The ruder nations of Europe are willing slaves of Jewish usury", 
Chamberlain wrote that during the 19th Century "a great change has taken place. . . today Herder could say 
the same of by far the greatest 

[201] part of our civilized world . . . The direct influence of Judaism on the 19th Century thus becomes one 
of the burning subjects of the day. We have to deal here with a question affecting not only the present, but 
also the future of the world". 

With the formation of the World Zionist Organization, which the great governments of the West were 
to treat, in effect, as an authority superior to themselves, the burning subject began to mould the entire shape 
of events. That it affected "the future of the world" is plainly seen in 1956, when this book is concluded; 
from the start of that year the political leaders of the remaining great powers of the West, Britain and 
America, observed in tones of sad surprise that the next world war might at any time break out in the place 
where they had set up "the Jewish State", and they hastened to and fro across the ocean in the effort to 
concert some way of preventing that consummation. 

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Chapter 26 


For the six years from 1897 to 1903 Dr. Theodor Herzl of the Vienna Neue Freie Presse was a world 
figure of an entirely new kind. He had created Zionism as an organized political force (and it was to be the 
death of him, as of some others who followed him on that path). He had launched it among the affairs of the 
West like a Chinese cracker. Yet he was an insubstantial shadow, the product of the cafes, of Sacher Torte and 
Kaffee mit Schlagsahne. He was like a man used for his "connections" by an astute company promoter and 
discarded when the flotation was well launched. He was never truly the leader and began to realize that, with 
a shock of alarm, at his first congress of 1897, when "there rose before our eyes a Russian Jewry, the strength 
of which we had not even suspected"; by 1904 the full realization of his captivity had killed him. 

He once wrote that at Basel in 1 897 "I founded the Jewish state ... I hounded the people into the state 
sentiment and conveyed to them the emotion that they were the national assembly". The next six years showed, in actual 
events, what Leon Pinsker had meant in 1882 by "exerting irresistible pressure upon the international politics 
of the present". 

Herzl, the Budapest-born Viennese journalist, began a triumphal tour of the great capitals; he was 
launched on a glittering flight, as from trapeze to trapeze, through the haut monde. Emperors, potentates and 
statesmen received him as the spokesman of all the Jews and the contrast between what they thought and 
what he must have known is impressive for, as his first lieutenant, Max Nordau, said after his death,: "Our 
people had a Herzl but Herzl never had a people"; the Talmudic rabbinate in the East, which scorned this 
false Messiah, stood between him and any mass following. 

The world in which he moved seemed firm and well founded. The Widow at Windsor and the Old 
Gentleman at Schoenbrunn were beloved by their peoples; the Young Man in Berlin was growing older and 
mellowing; the Czar was still the father of his people; men's right to process of law was everywhere being 
asserted; gradually industrial serfdom was giving way to better conditions. But everywhere the rulers and 
politicians knew and feared the danger that this process, calculably good if given time, would be arrested and 
destroyed by the world-revolution, for by this time Weishaupt's secret society had grown, through Disraeli's 
"network of secret societies", into the Communist party organized in all countries. 

Herzl's method was to exploit this general fear for his particular end, the Jewish State. He offered 
domestic peace if it were supported and revolution if it were not and he claimed to speak in the name of all 
the Jews. It is, of course, implicit in this that he knew the revolutionary leadership to be Jewish, and he thus 
confirmed, several decades later, what Disraeli and Bakunin had said. His belief in the method he used is 
expressed in his famous phrase, "When we sink we become a revolutionary proletariat; when we rise there 
rises the terrible power of 
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Thus he told a Grand Duke of Baden that he would diminish revolutionary propaganda in Europe in 
proportion to the support that his territorial ambition received from high authority. Then he was received by 
the behelmeted Kaiser, mounted on a charger, at the very gates of Jerusalem, and the emperor agreed to 
present to the Sultan Herzl's proposal for a Zionist chartered company in Palestine under German 
protection. When nothing came of this Herzl threatened the Kaiser, too, with revolution: "If our work 
miscarries, hundreds of thousands of our supporters will at a single bound join the revolutionary parties". 

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Then in Russia he was received by the Czar himself, to whom he spoke in similar terms. About this 
time the third Word Zionist Congress was held and the decision was taken that every Jew who became a 
member acknowledged the sovereignty of the still mythical Jewish State. Rabbi Elmer Berger says despondendy that 
therewith "ghettoized, corporate Jewish existence became a reality again and now existed upon a greater scale 
that it had ever before achieved" . 

Next Herzl saw another potentate, the Sultan of Turkey. Nothing tangible came of all these journeys, 
but the great coup was at hand, for Herzl then transferred his activities to England. There, too, he evidently 
had access to the highest places, for one of the decisive actions of world history was prepared, British folk 
who were then in their cradles, and their children and grandchildren were to be caught up in the 
consequences of those unrecorded interviews. 

Who enabled Dr. Herzl from Vienna to command reception by the great in all countries, and who 
ensured that they should listen to demands that were imperious, and intimidatory as well? Obviously "kingly 
portals" (his own phrase) would not have opened to him merely because he had called a meeting of 197 men 
at Basel and this had passed a resolution. Others, more powerful than he, must have interceded to set aside 
porters, doormen, footmen, secretaries, chamberlains and all those whose task it is to keep importuners from 
their masters. 

At this point the present narrative enters the most secret and jealously guarded field of all. The origins 
of the world-revolution, its aims and the Jewish assumption of its leadership may now be shown from the 
mass of documentary evidence which has accumulated; the existence of Disraeli's "network", spreading over 
the superficies of the earth, is known to all; the nature of the "revolutionary proletarist" is clear. But there is 
also that second network, of influential men at the higher level where "the power of the purse" may be used 
to exert "irresistible pressure on the international politics of the present" through rulers and politicians. This 
network of men, working in all countries to a common end, is the one which must have enabled Herzl to 
penetrate, with his demands, to the highest places. 

All experienced observers know of the existence of this force at the highest level 
[204] of international affairs. The Zionist propagandists pretend that Jewish opposition to Zionism came only 
from "Jewish notables", "Jewish magnates" and "rich Jews" (these phrases repeatedly recur, for instance in 
Dr. Weizmann's book). In fact the division in Judaism was vertical, among rich and poor alike, and though 
the majority of Western Jews were at that time violently opposed to Zionism the minority contained rich and 
notable Jews. Only these can have enabled the spectre of Zionism, in the person of Dr. Herzl, to make its 
sudden, Nijinski-like leap into courts and cabinet-rooms, where he began to go in and out as if he were born 
to privilege. Those who helped him were plainly in alliance with the one compact, organized body of 
Zionists: the Talmudic communities in Russia. 

Dr. Kastein says that the "executive" set up by the 197 men at Basel "was the first embodiment of a real 
Jewish international" , In other words, something that already existed received a visible expression. A "Jewish 
international" was already in being and this was powerful enough to command royal, princely and ministerial 
audiences for Dr. Herzl everywhere. 

Of this international "network" of like-thinking men at the highest level, in Dr. Herzl's day, the student 
may only make a picture by carefully piecing together significant glimpses and fragments (its existence and 
concerted actions in our time are plainly demonstrable, as this book in its later chapters will show, from the 
growing mass of literature). For instance, Dr. Weizmann says he told Dr. Herzl that Sir Francis Montefiore (a 
leading Jew in England) was "a fool", whereon Herzl answered, "He opens kingly portals to me". Again, one 
Baron de Hirsch was Herzl's chief financial backer and supporter. Of this Baron de Hirsch Count Carl 
Lonyay (quoting from documents in the secret archives of the Imperial Court at Vienna) says that Crown 
Prince Rudolf of Austria, wishing to make provision for a woman friend before his suicide at Mayerling, 
obtained 100,000 gulden "from the banker, Baron Hirsch, in return for an act of friendliness he had 
performed in December, when he invited the banker to meet the Prince of Wales" (the future Kind Edward 

Baron de Hirsch, in the sequence to this introduction, became an intimate of the Prince of Wales, and 
private banker and financial adviser to the future King of England. He was also brother-in-law of a Mr. 
Bischoffsheim of the Jewish financial house of Bischoffsheim and Goldschmidt in London, of which a very 
rich German-born Jew, Sir Ernest Cassel, was a member. Sir Ernest, as Mr. Brian Connell says in a 
biographical study, fell heir to Baron de Hirsch's friendship with the future king: "where Hirsch had been an 
intimate, Cassel was to become Edward VII's closest personal friend". He was indeed the last of the king's 

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intimates to see him alive, the king, on the day of his death, insisting on keeping an appointment with Sir 
Edward and rising to dress himself for the purpose. 

In the sequence to this account Mr. Connell says: "The small international fraternity of which he" (Sir 
Ernest Cassel) "became perhaps the leading member 

[205] were all men with backgrounds similar to his own, people whom he approached in the course of his 
extensive travels. There was Max Warburg, head of the great private banking house in Hamburg; Edouard 
Noetzlin, honorary president of the Banque de Paris et des Pays Bas, in Paris; Franz Philippson in Brussels; 
Wertheim and Gompertz in Amsterdam and, above all, Jacob Schiff of the firm of Kuhn, Loeb and 
Company in New York. Ties of race and interest bound these men together. The web of their communications quivered at the 
slightest touch. They maintained between them an incredibly accurate network of economic, political and financial intelligence at 
the highest level. They could withdraw support here, provide additional funds there, move immense sums of money with lightning 
rapidity and secrecy from one comer to another of their financial empires, and influence the political decisions of a score of 

"Ties of race and interest . . . web . . . network . . . intelligence at the highest level. . . move immense 
sums of money . . . influence political decisions . . .": there can be no reasonable doubt that this was the 
"Jewish international" of which Dr. Kastein wrote and the mechanism which operated, across all national 
boundaries, to support Dr. Herzl. Nothing less could explain the action which the British Government took 
and if there was doubt earlier, about the concerted action of this force, above and distinct from nations, the 
events of our mid-century have removed it. With such a power behind him Dr. Herzl was in a position to 
make demands and utter menaces. The powerful men who formed this international directorate (the term is 
not too large) at that time may not, as individuals, have believed in Zionism, and may even have been 
privately opposed to it. In the present writer's belief even they were not powerful enough to oppose, or to 
deny support to, a policy laid down by the elders of Jewry. 

While the consequences of Dr. Herzl's journeys were secretly taking shape, he continued his travels. 
He took an innocent pride in his sudden elevation and liked the elegance of society, the tailcoats and white 
gloves, the chandeliers and receptions. The Talmudic elders in Russia, who had grown up to the kaftan and 
earlocks and were preparing to overthrow him, disdained but made use of this typical figure of "Western 

In 1903 he had astonishing experiences, resembling those of Sabbatai Zevi in 1666. He went to Russia 
and on his progress through Jewish cities was the object of Messianic ovations from the unenlightened 
masses. On this occasion he sought to persuade de Russia to bring pressure on the Sultan, in the matter of his 
proposal for a chartered company in Palestine. He made some impression on the Russian Minister of the 
Interior, von Plehve, to whom he said that he spoke for "all the Jews of Russia". 

If he believed that he was soon undeceived. He did something that shows him either to have been 
recklessly brave or else quite unaware of what truly went on around him (this happens sometimes with such 
men). Presumably in order to strengthen his case with von Plehve, with whom he must have used the 

[206] or revolution" argument, he urged the Jews in Russia to abstain from revolutionary activities and discussed 
their "emancipation" with the Russian authorities! 

Thus he wrote his own political death warrant, and indeed he soon died. To the Talmudic elders this 
was heresy; he had entered the forbidden room. They had been working to prevent Jewish emancipation in 
Russia, because they saw in it the loss of their power over Jewry. If his negotiations with the Russian 
Government succeeded, pacification in Russia would follow, and that would mean the end of the 
propagandist legend of "Jewish persecution" in Russia. 

When he returned to address the Sixth Congress of his World Zionist Organization his fate rose to 
meet him in the form of a compact mass of Russian Jews no longer merely "humiliating" to him, but 
menacing. At this moment of his fiasco he thought he had the ace of trumps in his pocket and he produced 
it. As a result of those interviews in London and of the "irresistible pressure" which supported him, the 
British Government had offered Dr. Herzl of the Vienna Neue Freie Presse a territory in Africa, Uganda! 

If history records a stranger thing, I have not discovered it. Yet the trump card proved to be a deuce. 
295 delegates voted to accept the offer, but 175 rejected it; clearly Dr. Herzl did not speak for "all Jews". The 
great majority of the 175 Noes came from the Jews of Russia. The huddled Jewish throngs there had hailed 
Herzl as the Messiah; these 175 emissaries of the Eastern rabbinate imprecated him, for Uganda meant the 
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for the destruction of the temple. One of them, a woman, called the world-famous Dr. Herzl "a traitor" and 
when he was gone tore down the map of Uganda from behind the speakers' dais. 

If what he said and wrote was fully candid, Dr. Herzl never understood why the Jewish emissaries 
from Russia refused to consider any other place than Palestine, and if that is so he must have been most 
guileless. He had built up his entire movement on the claim that "a place of refuge" was directly needed for 
"persecuted Jews", and these were the Jews of Russia; Jews were fully emancipated elsewhere. If that was 
true, then any good place would do, and he had now procured one for them; moreover, if any of them 
preferred to stay in Russia, and his negotiations with the Russian Government succeeded, they could have all 
they wanted in Russia too! 

From the point of view of the Talmudic rabbinate in Russia the matter was entirely different. They, 
too, had built up the legend of "persecution in Russia", while they worked against emancipation there, but 
this was for the purpose of fulfilling the ancient Law, which meant possession of Palestine and all subsequent 
things that the Law ordained. Acceptance of Uganda would have meant Doomsday for Talmudic Judaism. 

Dr. Weizmann describes Dr. Herzl's final humiliation. After the vote Herzl 
[207] went to see the Jews from Russia, who had turned their backs on him and walked out, in their 
committee room. "He came in, looking haggard and exhausted. He was received in dead silence. Nobody rose 
from his seat to greet him, nobody applauded him when he ended. . . It was probably the first time that Herzl 
was thus received at any Zionist gathering: he, the idol of all Zionists". 

It was also the last time. Within the year Dr. Herzl was dead, at the age of forty-four. No conclusion 
can be offered about his death. Judaist writers refer to it in cryptic terms. The Jewish Encyclopaedia says it was 
the result of what he endured and other authorities make similarly obscure, though significant, allusions. 
Those who during the centuries have been the object of anathema or excommunication by the ruling sect 
often have died soon and wretchedly. The student comes to feel that in this matter he approaches mysterious 
things, closed to all ordinary research. 

The curious thing is that Herzl's intimate, right-hand man and leading orator saw the shape of things, 
at that time and to come, with complete clarity. He displayed a foreknowledge as great as that of Leon 
Pinsker when he depicted the series of events to which Pinsker's "irresistible pressure on international 
politics" would lead. At the very congress where Herzl suffered his humiliation Max Nordau (an alias or 
pseudonym; his name was Suedfeld) gave this exact prognosis: 

"Let me tell you the following words as if I were showing you the rungs of a ladder leading upward 
and upward: Herzl, the Zionist congress, the English Uganda proposition, the future world war, the peace conference 
where, with the help of England, a free and Jewish Palestine will be created" (1903). Here spoke the initiate, the 
illuminate, the man who knew the strength and purpose of "the international". (Max Nordau helped the 
process, the course of which he foretold, by writing such best-sellers of the 1890's as Degeneration, in which he 
told the West that it was irredeemably corrupt). Even Max Nordau did not spell out his conclusion to its 
logical end. Another delegate did that, Dr. Nahum Sokoloff, who said: "Jerusalem will one day become the capital of 
world peace". That the ambition is to make it the capital of the world is clear in 1956, when the Western 
governments stand in daily fear of its annexation to the Zionist state; whether mankind would find it to be 
the capital of peace remains to be seen. 

After Dr. Herzl died Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the later Zionist leader, led the attack on the Uganda offer 
and at the Seventh Congress, of 1905, the acceptance, at his instigation, was revoked. From that moment 
Zionism was the instrument of the Talmudic rabbinate in the East. 

The story of the Uganda offer and its scornful rejection shows the indifference of the ruling sect to the 
welfare and the wishes of the Jewish masses, for whom they pretended to speak; indeed, when the matter is 
carefully considered "hostility" suggests itself as a truer word than "indifference". This is seen by examining, 
in turn, the feeling expressed towards the offer by the three main 

[208] groups of Jews: those of the West, those of Russia, and (a section of Jewry never even mentioned in all 
these loud exchanges) the Jews already in Palestine. 

The Jews of the West at that time were strongly opposed to Zionism as such, whether it led to 
Uganda, Palestine or anywhere else; they just wanted to stay where they were. The Jews of Russia were 
depicted as needing simply "a place of refuge" from "persecution", and if that was true, Uganda might have 
appealed to them; anyway, the frenzied ovations with which they received Dr. Herzl suggest that they would 

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have followed any lead he gave, had the rabbinate allowed them. That leaves the Jews who were already in 

This one community of original Jews was ardently in favour of removal to Uganda, as research 
discovers, and for this reason they were denounced as "traitors" by the Judaized Chazars from Russia who 
had taken over Zionism! This is what the Zionist Organization at Tel Aviv still was saying about them in 

"It was a degrading and distressing sight to see all these people who . . . had been the first to build up 
the Jewish Palestine of that day, publicly denying and repudiating their own past. . . The passion for Uganda 
became associated with a deadly hatred for Palestine. . . In the community centres of the first Jewish colonies young 
men educated in the Alliance Israelite schools denounced Palestine as 'a land of corpses and graves', a land of 
malaria and eye-diseases, a land which destroys its inhabitants. Nor was this the expression of a few individuals. 
Indeed, it was only a few individuals here and there . . . who remained loyal. . . The whole of Palestine was in 
a state of ferment. . . All opposition to Uganda came from outside of Palestine. In Zion itself all were against Zion" . 

What the masses of people wanted, Jewish or Gentile, was from 1903 of no account. Acceptance or 
refusal made no difference; the offer had been made, and by it the West and its future were involved in an 
enterprise foreseeably disastrous. As Dr. Weizmann says, a British government by this act committed itself to 
recognize the Talmudists from Russia as the government of all Jews; thereby it also committed future 
generations of its people, and the similar commitment of the American people was to follow a decade later, 
when the path had been prepared. 

Out of that act of 1903 came the beginning of this century's tribulations. The story of Zion thereafter 
became that of Western politicians who, under "irresistible pressure", did the bidding of a powerful sect. 1903 
was the conspiracy's triumphant year, and for the West it was to prove as ominous as 1914 and 1939, which 
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While Zionism thus took shape in the Eastern ghettoes during the last century and at the start of this 
one emerged as a new force in international affairs (when the British Government offered it Uganda), the 
world-revolution, in those same Talmudic areas, prepared its third "eruption". The two forces moved forward 
together in synchronization (for Zionism, as has been shown, used the threat of Communism in Europe to 
gain the ear of European rulers for its territorial demand outside Europe). It was as if twin turbines began to 
revolve, generating what was in effect one force, from which the new century was to receive galvanic shocks. 

According to Disraeli and Bakunin the world-revolution had come under Jewish leadership around the 
middle of the century, and its aims then changed. Bakunin's followers, who sought to abolish the State as 
such because they foresaw that the revolutionary State might become more despotic than any earlier 
despotism, were ousted and forgotten. The world-revolution therewith took the shape of Karl Marx's 
Communist Manifesto, which aimed at the super-State founded in slave-labour and in "the confiscation of 
human liberty" (as de Tocqueville wrote in 1848). 

This change in leadership and aims determined the course of the 20th Century. However, the methods 
by which the existing order was to be destroyed did not change; they continued to be those revealed by 
Weishaupt's papers published in 1787. Many publications of the 19th Century showed that the original 
Illuminist plan continued through the generations to be the textbook of the revolutionaries of all camps, as to 


These works propagated or exposed the destructive plan in various ways, sometimes allegorical, but 
always recognizable if compared with the original, Weishaupt's documents. In 1859 Cretineau Joly assailed 
Jewish Leadership of "the secret societies". His book reproduced documents (communicated to him by Pope 
Gregory XVI) of the Italian secret society, the Haute Vente Romaine; their authenticity is beyond question. 
The Haute Vente Romaine was headed by an Italian prince who had been initiated by one of Weishaupt's 
own intimates (Knigge) and was a reincarnation of the Illuminati. The outer circle of initiates, the dupes, were 
persuaded that "the object of the association is something high and noble, that it is the Order of those who 
desire a purer morality and a stronger piety, the independence and unity of their country". Those who 
graduated into the inner degrees progressively learned the real aims and swore to destroy all religion and 
legitimate government; then they received the secrets of assassination, poison and perjury first disclosed by 
Weishaupt's documents. 

In 1862 Karl Marx (whose Communist Manifesto is recognizably Illuminist) founded his First 
International, and Bakunin formed his Alliance Sociale Democratique (the programme of which, as Mrs. 
Nesta Webster has shown by 

[210] quoting correlative passages, was Illuminism undiluted). In the same year Maurice Joly published an 
attack on Napoleon III, to whom he attributed the identical methods of corrupting and ruining the social 
system (this book was written in allegorical form). In 1868 the German Goedsche reproduced the same ideas 
in the form of an attack on Jewish leadership of the revolution, and in 1869 the French Catholic and Royalist 
Gougenot Des Mousseaux took up the same theme. In that year Bakunin also published his Polemic Against 
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In all these works, in one form or another, the continuity of the basic idea first revealed by Weishaupt's 
documents appears: namely, that of destroying all legitimate government, religion and nationhood and setting 
up a universal despotism to rule the enslaved masses by terror and violence. Some of them assailed the Jewish, 
usurpation of, or succession to the leadership of the revolution. 

After that came a pause in the published literature of the conspiracy first disclosed in 1787, until in 
1905 one Professor Sergyei Nilus, an official of the Department of Foreign Religions at Moscow, published a 
book, of which the British Museum in London has a copy bearing its date-stamp, August 10, 1906. Great 
interest would attach to anything that could be elicited about Nilus and his book, which has never been 
translated; the mystery with which he and it have been surrounded impedes research. One chapter was 
translated into English in 1920. This calls for mention here because the original publication occurred in 1905, 
although the violent uproar only began when it appeared in English in 1 920. 

This one chapter was published in England and America as "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of 
Zion"; I cannot learn whether this was the original chapter heading or whether it was provided during 
translation. No proof is given that the document is what it purports to be, a minute of a secret meeting of 
Jewish "Elders". In that respect, therefore, it is valueless." 

In every other respect it is of inestimable importance, for it is shown by the conclusive test (that of 
subsequent events) to be an authentic document of the world-conspiracy first disclosed by Weishaupt's 
papers. Many other documents in the same series had followed that first revelation, as I have shown, but this 
one transcends all of them. The others were fragmentary and gave glimpses; this one gives the entire picture 
of the conspiracy, motive, method and objective. It adds nothing new to what had been revealed in parts 
(save for the unproven, attribution to Jewish elders themselves), but it puts all the parts in place and exposes the 
whole. It accurately depicts all that has come about in the fifty years since it was published, and what clearly 
will follow in the next fifty years unless in that time the force which the conspiracy has generated produces 
the counter-force. 

It is informed by a mass of knowledge (particularly of human weaknesses) which can only have sprung 
from the accumulated experience and continuing 

[211] study of centuries, or of ages. It is written in a tone of lofty superiority, as by beings perched on some 
Olympian pinnacle of sardonic and ancient wisdom, and of mocking scorn for the writhing masses far below 
("the mob" . . . "alcoholized animals" . . . "cattle" . . . "bloodthirsty beasts") who vainly struggle to elude the 
"nippers" which are closing on them; these nippers are "the power of gold" and the brute force of the mob, 
incited to destroy its only protectors and consequently itself. 

The destructive idea is presented in the form of a scientific theory, almost of an exact science, argued 
with gusto and eloquence. In studying the Protocols I am constantly reminded of something that caught my 
eye in Disraeli's dictum, earlier quoted. Disraeli, who was careful in the choice of words, spoke of "the 
destructive principle" (not idea, scheme, notion, plan, plot or the like), and the Protocols elevate the theory of 
destruction to this status of "a fundamental truth, a primary or basic law, a governing law of conduct" (to 
quote various dictionary definitions of "principle"). In many passages the Protocols appear, at first sight, to 
recommend destruction as a thing virtuous in itself, and consequently justifying all the methods explicitly 
recommended to promote it (bribery, blackmail, corruption, subversion, sedition, mob-incitement, terror and 
violence), which thus become virtuous too. 

But careful scrutiny shows that this is not the case. In fact the argument presented begins at the end, 
world power, and goes backward through the means, which are advocated simply as the best ones to that 
end. The end is that first revealed in Weishaupt's documents, and it is apparent that both spring from a much 
earlier source, although the Protocols, in time, stand to the Weishaupt papers as grandson to grandsire. The 
final aim is the destruction of all religion and nationhood and the establishment of the super State, ruling the 
world by ruthless terror. 

When the Protocols appeared in English the minor point, who was the author of this particular 
document, was given a false semblance of major importance by the enraged Jewish attack on the document 
itself. The asseveration of Jewish leadership of the revolutionary conspiracy was not new at all; the reader has 
seen that Disraeli, Bakunin and many others earlier affirmed it. In this case the allegation about a specific 
meeting of Jewish leaders of the conspiracy was unsupported and could have been ignored (in 1913 a 
somewhat similar publication accused the Jesuits of instigating a world-conspiracy resembling that depicted 
alike in the Protocols and in Weishaupt's papers; the Jesuits quietly remarked that this was false and the 
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The response of official Jewry in 1920 and afterwards was different. It was aimed, with fury, at the 
entire substance of the Protocols; it did not stop at denying a Jewish plot, but denied that there was any plot, 
which was demonstrably untrue. The existence of the conspiracy had been recognized and affirmed by a long 
chain of high authorities, from Edmund Burke, George 

[212] Washington and Alexander Hamilton to Disraeli, Bakunin and the many others mentioned in an earlier 
chapter. Moreover, when the Protocols appeared in English conclusive proof had been given by the event in 
Russia. Thus the nature of the Jewish attack could only strengthen public doubts; it protested much too 

This attack was the repetition of the one which silenced those earlier leaders of the public demand for 
investigation and remedy, Robison, Barruel and Morse, but on this occasion it was a Jewish attack. Those 
three men made no imputation of Jewish leadership, and they were defamed solely because they drew public 
attention to the continuing nature of the conspiracy and to the fact that the French revolution was clearly but 
its first "eruption". The attack on the Protocols in the 1920's proved above all else the truth of their 
contention; it showed that the standing organization for suppressing public discussion of the conspiracy had 
been perfected in the intervening 120 years. Probably so much money and energy were never before in 
history expended on the effort to suppress a single document. 

It was brought to England by one of the two leading British correspondents of that day in Moscow, 
Victor Marsden of the Morning Post (the significant story of the other correspondent belongs to a later 
chapter). Marsden was an authority on Russia and was much under the enduring effect of the Terror. He was 
in effect its victim, for he died soon after completing what he evidently felt to be a duty, the translation of the 
Protocols at the British Museum. 

Publication in English aroused worldwide interest. That period (1920 and onward) marks the end of 
the time when Jewish questions could be impartially discussed in public. The initial debate was free and 
vigorous, but in following years the attack succeeded in imposing the law of lese majesty in this matter and 
today hardly any public man or print ventures to mention the Protocols unless to declare them "forged" or 
"infamous" (an act of submission also foretold in them). 

The first reaction was the natural one. The Protocols were received as formidable evidence of an 
international conspiracy against religion, nationhood, legitimate government and property. All agreed that the 
attribution to Jewish authorship was unsupported, but that the subject matter was so grave, and so strongly 
supported by events subsequent to the original publication, that full enquiry was needed. This remedy, 
"investigation", was the one advocated by many leading men 120 years earlier. In this instance the attack was 
in effect again on the demand for investigation, not simply on the allegation against "the Elders of Zion". 

The limes (of London) on May 8, 1920 in a long article said, "An impartial investigation of these would- 
be documents and of their history is most desirable . . . Are we to dismiss the whole matter without inquiry 
and to let the influence of such a book as this work unchecked?" The Morning Post (then the oldest and 
[213] soberest British newspaper) published twenty-three articles, also calling for investigation. 

In The Spectator on August 27, 1921, Lord Sydenham, a foremost authority of that day, also urged 
investigation: "The main point is, of course, the source from which Nilus obtained the Protocols. The Russians 
who knew Nilus and his writings cannot all have been exterminated by the Bolsheviks. His book . . . has not 
been translated, though it would give some idea of the man. . . What is the most striking characteristic of the 
Protocols? The answer is knowledge of a rare kind, embracing the widest field. The solution of this 'mystery', if 
it is one, is to be found where this uncanny knowledge, on which prophecies now literally fulfilled are based, can be 
shown to reside". In America Mr. Henry Ford, declaring that "the Protocols have fitted the world situation 
up to this time; they fit it now", caused his Dearborn Independent to publish a series of articles of which a 
million and a half reprints were sold. 

Within two years the proprietor of The Times was certified insane (by an unnamed doctor in a foreign 
land; a later chapter will describe this episode) and forcibly removed from control of his publications, and The 
Times published an article dismissing the Protocols as a plagiarism of Maurice Joly's book. The proprietor of 
the Morning Post became the object of sustained vituperation until he sold the newspaper, which then ceased 
publication. In 1 927 Mr. Henry Ford published an apology addressed to a well-known Jew of America; when 
I was in the United States in later years I was told by credible informants that he was persuaded to do this, at 
a moment when a new-model Ford automobile was about to be marketed, by hostile threats from dealers on 
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The campaign against the Protocols has never ceased since then. In communized Russia all copies 
discoverable had been destroyed at the revolution and possession of the book became a capital crime under 
the law against "anti-semitism". In the direct sequence to that, though twenty-five years later, the American 
and British authorities in occupied Germany after the Second World War constrained the Western German 
government to enact laws against "anti-semitism" on the Bolshevik model; and in 1955 a Munich printer who 
reproduced the Protocols had his business confiscated. In England at the time of publication the sale of the 
book was temporarily stopped by authority, under the pressure described, and in the course of the years the 
attack on it continued so violent that publishers feared it and only small local firms ever ventured to print it. 
In Switzerland, between the wars, a Jewish suit was brought against the book as "improper literature"; the 
case was won, but the verdict was set aside by a higher court. 

The state of affairs thus brought about after 1920, and continuing today, was foretold by the Protocols 
in 1905: "Through the press we have gained the power to influence while remaining ourselves in the shade . . . 
The principal factor of 

[214] success in the political" (field) " is the secrecy of its undertaking; the word should not agree with the 
deeds of the diplomat. . . We must compel the governments ... to take action in the direction favoured by 
our widely-conceived plan, already approaching the desired consummation, by what we shall represent as 
public opinion, secretly prompted by us through the means of that so-called 'Great Power', the press, which, 
with a few exceptions that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands. . . We shall deal with the press 
in the following way: . . . we shall saddle and bridle it with a tight curb; we shall do the same also with all 
productions of the printingpress, for where would be the sense of getting rid of the attacks of the press if we 
remain targets for pamphlets and books? . . . No one shall with impunity lay a finger on the aureole of our 
government infallibility. The pretext for stopping any publication will be the alleged plea that it is agitating the public mind 
without occasion or justification . . . We shall have a sure triumph over our opponents since they will not have at 
their disposition organs of the press in which they can give full and final expression to their views owing to 
the aforesaid methods of dealing with the press . . ." 

Such is the history of the Protocols thus far. Their attribution to Jewish "Elders" is unsupported and 
should be rejected, without prejudice to any other evidence about Jewish leadership of the world-revolution 
as such. The Jewish attack on them was bent, not on exculpating Jewry, but on stopping the publication on 
the plea that it was "agitating the public mind without occasion or justification". The arguments advanced 
were bogus; they were that the Protocols closely resembled several earlier publications and thus were 
"plagiaries" or "forgeries", whereas what this in truth showed was the obvious thing: that they were part of 
the continuing literature of the conspiracy. They might equally well be the product of non-Jewish or of anti- 
Jewish revolutionaries, and that is of secondary importance. What they proved is that the organisation first 
revealed by Weishaupt's documents was in existence 120 years later, and was still using the methods and 
pursuing the aim then exposed; and when they were published in English the Bolshevik revolution had given 
the proof. 

In my opinion the Protocols provide the essential handbook for students of the time and subject. If 
Lord Sydenham, in 1921, was arrested by the "uncanny knowledge" they displayed, "on which prophecies 
now literally fulfilled are based", how much more would he be impressed today, in 1956, when much more of 
them has been as literally fulfilled. Through this book any man can see how the upheavals of the past 150 
years were, and how those of the next fifty years will be brought about; he will know in advance just how "the 
deeds" of his elected representatives will differ from their "word". 

In one point I am able from my own experience to test Lord Sydenham's dictum about fulfilled 
prophecies. The Protocols, speaking of control of published information, say: "Not a single announcement 
will reach the public 

[215] without our control. Even now this is already being attained by us inasmuch as all news items are 
received by a few agencies, in whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world. These agencies will 
then be entirely ours and will give publicity only to what we dictate to them". That was not the situation in 
1905, or in Lord Sydenham's day, or in 1926, when I became a journalist, but it was developing and today is 
the situation. The stream of "news" which pours into the public mind through the newspapers comes from a 
few agencies, as if from half a dozen taps. Any hand that can control those valves can control "the news", 
and the reader may observe for himself the filtered form in which the news reaches him. As to the editorial 
views, based on this supply of news, the transformation that has been brought about may be comprehended 
by referring to the impartially critical articles published in The Times, Morning Post, Spectator, Dearborn Independent 
and thousands of other journals some twenty-five years ago. This could not happen today. The subjugation 
of the press has been accomplished as the Protocols foretold, and by the accident of my generation and 
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Comparative study of the Protocols and of the Weishaupt papers leads to the strong deduction that 
both derive from a common and much older source. They cannot have been the product of any one man or 
one group of men in the period when they were published; the "uncanny knowledge" displayed in them 
obviously rests on the cumulative experience of eras. In particular, this applies (in Weishaupt's papers and the 
Protocols alike) to the knowledge of human weaknesses, which are singled out with analytical exactitude, the 
method of exploiting each of them being described with disdainful glee. 

The instrument to be used for the destruction of the Christian nation-states and their religion is "the 
mob". The word is used throughout with searing contempt to denote the masses, (who in public are flattered 
by being called "the people"). "Men with bad instincts are more in number than the good, and therefore the 
best results in governing them are attained by violence and terrorization . . . The might of a mob is blind, 
senseless and unreasoning force ever at the mercy of a suggestion from any side". From this the argument is 
developed that "an absolute despotism" is necessary to govern "the mob", which is "a savage", and that "our 
State" will employ "the terror which tends to produce blind submission". The "literal fulfilment" of these 
precepts in communized Russia must be obvious to all today). 

This "absolute despotism" is to be vested in the international super-State at the end of the road. In the 
meanwhile regional puppet-despots are depicted as essential to the process of breaking down the structure of 
states and the defences of peoples: "From the premier-dictators of the present day the peoples suffer 
patiently and bear such abuses as for the least of them they would have beheaded twenty kings. What is the 
explanation . . .? It is explained by the fact that these dictators whisper to the peoples through their agents 
that through these abuses 

[216] the are inflicting injury on the States with the highest purpose - to secure the welfare of the peoples, the 
international brotherhood of them all, their solidarity and equality of rights. Naturally they do not tell the 
peoples that this unification must be accomplished only under our sovereign rule". 

This passage is of especial interest. The term "premier-dictator" would not generally have been 
understood in 1905, when the peoples of the West believed their elected representatives to express and 
depend on their approval. However, it became applicable during the First and Second World Wars, when 
American presidents and British prime ministers made themselves, in fact, "premier-dictators" and used 
emergency powers in the name of "the welfare of peoples. . . international brotherhood . . . equality of 
rights". Moreover, these premier-dictators, in both wars, did tell the peoples that the ultimate end of all this 
would be "unification" under a world government of some kind. The question, who would govern this world 
government, was one which never received straightforward answer; so much else of the Protocols has been 
fulfilled that their assertion that it would be the instrument of the conspiracy for governing the world "by 
violence and terrorization" deserves much thought. 

The especial characteristic of the two 20th Century wars is the disappointment which each brought to 
the peoples who appeared to be victorious. "Uncanny knowledge", therefore, again seems to have inspired the 
statement, made in 1905 or earlier, "Ever since that time" (the French Revolution) "we have been leading the 
peoples from one disenchantment to another", followed later by this: "By these acts all States are in torture; they 
exhort to tranquillity, are ready to sacrifice everything for peace; but. we will not give them peace until they openly 
acknowledge our international Super-Government, and with submissiveness". The words, written before 1905, seem 
accurately to depict the course of the 20th Century. 

Again, the document says "it is indispensable for our purpose that wars, so far as possible, should not 
result in territorial gains". This very phrase, of 1905 or earlier, was made the chief slogan, or apparent moral 
principle, proclaimed by the political leaders of America and Britain in both world wars, and in this case the 
difference between "the word" and "the deed" of "the diplomat" has been shown by results. The chief result 
of the First War was to establish revolutionary- Zionism and revolutionary-Communism as new forces in 
international affairs, the first with a promised "homeland" and the second with a resident State. The chief 
result of the Second War was that further "territorial gains" accrued to, and only to, Zionism and 
Communism; Zionism received its resident State and Communism received half of Europe. The "deadly 
accuracy" (Lord Sydenham's words) of the Protocol's forecasts seems apparent in this case, where a specious 
phrase used in the Protocols of 1905 became the daily language of American presidents and British prime 
ministers in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. 

The reason why the authors of the Protocols held this slogan to be so important, in beguiling the 
peoples, is also explained. If the nations embroiled in 

[217] wars are denied "territorial gains", the only victors will then be "our international agentur. . . our 
international rights will then wipe out national rights, in the proper sense of right, and will rule the nations 
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state of affairs compliant politicians are needed, and of them the Protocols say: "The administrators whom 
we shall choose from among the public, with strict regard to their capacities for servile obedience, will not be 
persons trained in the arts of government, and will therefore easily become pawns in our game in the hands 
of men of learning and genius who will be their advisers, specialists bred and reared from early childhood to rule the 
affairs of the whole world". 

The reader may judge for himself whether this description fits some of "the administrators" of the 
West in the last five decades; the test is their attitude towards Zionism, the world-revolution and world- 
government, and subsequent chapters will offer information in these three respects. But "deadly accuracy" 
appears to reside even more in the allusion to "advisers". 

Here again is "uncanny knowledge", displayed more than fifty years ago. In 1905 the non-elected but 
powerful "adviser" was publicly unknown. True, the enlightened few, men like Disraeli, knew that "the world 
is governed by very different persons from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes", but to 
the general public the passage would have been meaningless. 

In the First and Second World Wars, however, the non-elected, unofficial but imperious "adviser" 
became a familiar public figure. He emerged into the open (under "emergency powers") and became known 
to and was passively accepted by the public masses; possibly the contempt which the Protocols display for 
"the mob" was justified by this submission to behind-the-scenes rule even when it was openly exercized. In 
the United States, for instance, "advisers on Jewish affairs" became resident at the White House and at the 
headquarters of American armies of occupation. One financier (who publicly recommended drastic measures 
for "ruling the affairs of the world") was adviser to so many presidents that he was permanently dubbed 
"Elder Statesman" by the press, and visiting prime ministers from England also repaired to him as if to a 
supreme seat of authority. 

The Protocols foretold this regime of the "advisers" when none understood what was meant and few 
would have credited that they would openly appear in the high places. 

The Protocols repeatedly affirm that the first objective is the destruction of the existing ruling class 
("the aristocracy", the term employed, was still applicable in 1905) and the seizure of property through the 
incitement of the insensate, brutish "mob". Once again, subsequent events give the "forecast" its "deadly 

"In politics one must know how to seize the property of others without hesitation if by it we secure 
submission and sovereignty. . . The words, 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity', brought to our ranks, thanks to our 
blind agents, whole 

[218] legions who bore our banners with enthusiasm. And all the time these words were canker-worms 
boring into the wellbeing of the people, putting an end everywhere to peace, quiet, solidarity and destroying 
all the foundations of the States. . . This helped us to our greatest triumph; it gave us the possibility, among 
other things, of getting into our hands the master card, the destruction of privileges, or in other words the 
very existence of the aristocracy . . . that class which was the only defence peoples and countries had against 
us. On the ruins of the natural and genealogical aristocracy . . . we have set up the aristocracy of our educated 
class headed by the aristocracy of money. The qualifications of this aristocracy we have established in wealth, 
which is dependent upon us, and in knowledge. . .It is this possibility of replacing the representatives of the people which 

has placed them at our disposal, and, as it were, given us the power of appointment We appear on the scene as alleged 

saviours of the worker from this oppression when we propose to him to enter the ranks of our fighting forces; 
Socialists, Anarchists, Communists ... By want and the envy and hatred which it engenders we shall move 
the mobs and with their hands we shall wipe out all those who hinder us on our way . . . The people, blindly 
believing things in print, cherishes ... a blind hatred towards all conditions which it considers above itself, 
for it has no understanding of the meaning of class and condition. . . These mobs will rush delightedly to 
shed the blood of those whom, in the simplicity of their ignorance, they have envied from their cradles, and 
whose property they will then be able to loot. 'Ours' they will not touch, because the moment of attack will 
be known to us and we shall take measures to protect our own. . . The word 'freedom' brings out the 
communities of men to fight against every kind of force, against every kind of authority, even against God 
and the laws of nature. For this reason we, when we come into our kingdom, shall have to erase this word from the 
lexicon of life as implying a principle of brute force which turns mobs into bloodthirsty beasts. . . But even 
freedom might be harmless and have its place in the State economy without injury to the wellbeing of the 
peoples if it rested upon the foundation of faith in God. . . This is the reason why it is indispensable for us to 
undermine all faith, to tear out of the minds of the masses the very principle of Godhead and the spirit, and 
to put in its place arithmetical calculations and material needs . . ." 

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". . . We have set one against another the personal and national reckonings of the peoples, religious 
and race hatreds, which we have fostered into a huge growth in the course of the past twenty centuries. This 
is the reason why there is not one State which would anywhere receive support if it were to raise its arm, for 
every one of them must bear in mind that any agreement against us would be unprofitable to itself. We are 
too strong, there is no evading our power. The nations cannot come to even an inconsiderable private 
agreement without our secretly having a hand in it ... In order to put public opinion into our hands we must 
bring it into a state of bewilderment by giving expression from all sides to so many contradictory opinions 
and for such length of time as will suffice to make 

[219] the peoples lose their heads in the labyrinth and come to see that the best thing is to have no opinion of 
any kind in matters political, which it is not given to the public to understand, because they are understood 
only by him who guides the public. This is the first secret. The second secret requisite for the success of our 
government is comprised in the following: to multiply to such an extent national failings, habits, passions, 
conditions of civil life, that it will be impossible for anyone to know where he is in the resulting chaos, so that 
the people in consequence will fail to understand one another ... By all these means we shall so wear down 
the peoples that they will be compelled to offer us international power of a nature that by its possession will 
enable us without any violence gradually to absorb all the State forces of the world and to form a Super- 
Government. In place of the rulers of today we shall set up a bogey which will be called the Super- 
Government administration. Its hands will reach out in all directions like nippers and its organization will be 
of such colossal dimensions that it cannot fail to subdue all the nations of the world". 

That the Protocols reveal the common source of inspiration of Zionism and Communism is shown by 
significant parallels that can be drawn between the two chief methods laid down in them and the chief 
methods pursued by Dr. Herzl and Karl Marx: 

The Protocols repeatedly lay emphasis on the incitement of "the mob" against the ruling class as the 
most effective means of destroying States and nations and achieving world dominion. Dr. Herzl, as was 
shown in the preceding chapter, used precisely this method to gain the ear of European rulers. 

Next, Karl Marx. The Protocols say, "The aristocracy of the peoples, as a political force, is dead. . . but 
as landed proprietors they can still be harmful to us from the fact that they are self-sufficing in the resources 
upon which they live. It is essential therefore for us at whatever cost to deprive them of their land, . . At the same 
time we must intensively patronize trade and industry . . . what we want is that industry should drain off from 
the land both labour and capital and by means of speculation transfer into our hands all the money of the 
world " 

Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto exactly followed this formula. True he declared that Communism 
might be summed up in one sentence, "abolition of private property", but subsequently he qualified this 
dictum by restricting actual confiscation to land and implying that other types of private property were to 
remain intact. (In the later Marxist event, of course, all private property was confiscated, but I speak here of 
the strict parallel between the strategy laid down before the event alike by the Protocols and Marx). 

A passage of particular interest in the present, though it was written before 1905, says, "Nowadays if 
any States raise a protest against us, it is only proforma at our discretion and by our direction, for their anti- 
semitism is indispensable to us for the management of our lesser brethren". A distinctive feature of our era is 
the way the charge of "anti-semitism" is continually transferred from one 

[220] country to another, the country so accused becoming automatically the specified enemy in the next war. 
This passage might cause the prudent to turn a sceptical eye on today's periodical reports of sudden "anti- 
semitic" turns in communized Russia, or elsewhere. 

The resemblance to Weishaupt's documents is very strong in the passages which relate to the 
infiltration of public departments, professions and parties, for instance: "It is from us that the all-engulfing 
terror proceeds. We have in our service persons of all opinions, of all doctrines, restorating monarchists, 
demagogues, socialists, communists, and Utopian dreamers of every kind. We have harnessed them all to the 
task: each one of them on his own account is boring away at the last remnants of authority, is striving to 
overthrow all established form of order. By these acts all States are in torture; they exhort to tranquillity, are 
ready to sacrifice everything for peace; but we will not give them peace until they openly acknowledge our 
international Super-Government, and with submissiveness" . 

The allusions to the permeation of universities in particular, and of education in general, also spring 
directly from Weishaupt, or from whatever earlier source he received them: ". . . We shall emasculate the 
universities . . . Their officials and professors will be prepared for their business by detailed secret 
programmes of action from which they will not with immunity diverge, not by one iota. They will be 

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appointed with especial precaution, and will be so placed as to be wholly dependent upon the Government". 
This secret permeation of universities (which was successful in the German ones in Weishaupt's day, as his 
documents show) was very largely effective in our generation. The two British government officials who after 
their flight to Moscow were paraded before the international press in 1956 to state that they had been 
captured by Communism at their universities, were typical products of this method, described by the 
Protocols early in this century and by Weishaupt in 1787. 

Weishaupt's documents speak of Freemasonry as the best "cover" to be used by the agents of the 
conspiracy. The Protocols allot the function of "cover" to "Liberalism": "When we introduced into the State 
organism the poison of Liberalism its whole political complexion underwent a change. States have been 
seized with a mortal illness, blood-poisoning. All that remains is to await the end of their death agony". 

The term "utopian dreamers", used more than once, is applied to Liberals, and its original source 
probably resides in the Old Testamentary allusion to "dreamers of dreams" with "false prophets", are to be 
put to death. The end of Liberalism, therefore, would be apparent to the student even if the Protocols did not 
specify it: "We shall root out liberalism from the important strategic posts of our government on which 
depends the training of subordinates for our State structure". 

The "Big Brother" regimes of our century, are accurately foretold in the 
[221] passage, "Our government will have the appearance of a patriarchal paternal guardianship on the part of 
our ruler". 

Republicanism, too, is to be a "cover" for the conspiracy. The Protocols are especially contemptuous 
of republicanism, in which (and in liberalism) they see the weapon of self-destruction forged out of "the 
mob": ". . . then it was that the era of republics became possible of realization; and then it was that we 
replaced the ruler by a caricature of a government, by a president, taken from the mob, from the midst of our 
puppet creatures, our slaves. This was the foundation of the mine which we have laid under the peoples". 

Then the unknown scribes of some time before 1905 describe the position to which American 
presidents have been reduced in our century. The passage begins, "In the near future we shall establish the 
responsibility of presidents". This, as the sequence shows, means personal responsibility, as distinct from 
responsibility curbed by constitutional controls; the president is to become one of the "premier-dictators" 
earlier foreseen, whose function is to be to break down the constitutional defences of states and thus prepare 
"unification under our sovereign rule". 

During the First and Second World Wars the American presidents did in fact become "premier- 
dictators" in this sense, claiming that "the emergency" and the need for "victory" dictated this seizure of 
powers of personal responsibility; powers which would be restored to "the people" when "the emergency" was 
past. Readers of sufficient years will recall how inconceivable this appeared before it happened and how 
passively it was accepted in the event. The passage then continues: 

"The chamber of deputies will provide cover for, will protect, will elect presidents, but we shall take 
from it the right to propose new, or make changes in existing laws, for this right will be given by us to the 
responsible president, a puppet in our hands. . . Independently of this we shall invest the president with the right of 
declaring a state of war. We shall justify this last right on the ground that the president as chief of the whole army of the country 
must have it at his disposal in case of need. . .It is easy to understand that in these conditions the key of the shrine will lie in our 
hands, and that no one outside ourselves will any longer direct the force of legislation. . . The president will, at our discretion, 
interpret the sense of such of the existing laws as admit of various interpretation; he will further annul them when we indicate to 
him the necessity to do so, besides this, he will have the right to propose temporary laws, and even new departures in the 
government constitutional working, the pretext both for the one and the other being the requirements for the supreme welfare of the 
state. By such measures we shall obtain the power of destroying little by little, step by step, all that at the outset when we enter on 
our rights, we are compelled to introduce into the constitutions of states to prepare for the transition to an imperceptible abolition 
of every kind of constitution, and then the time is come to turn every government into our despotism" . 


This forecast of 1905 or earlier particularly deserves Lord Sydenham's tribute of "deadly accuracy". 
American presidents in the two wars of this century have acted as here shown. They did take the right of 
declaring and making war, and it has been used at least once (in Korea) since the Second World War ended; 
any attempt in Congress or outside to deprive them of this power, or curb them in the use of it meets with 
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So the Protocols continue. The peoples, on their progress "from one disenchantment to another", will 
not be allowed "a breathing-space". Any country "which dares to oppose us" must be met with war, and any 
collective opposition with "universal war". The peoples will not be allowed "to contend with sedition" (here 
is the key to the furious attacks of the 1790's, 1920 and today on all demands for "investigation", "Witch- 
hunting", "McCarthyism" and the like). In the Super-State to come the obligation will fall on members of one 
family to denounce dissident s within the family circle (the Old Testamentary dispensation earlier mentioned). 
The "complete wrecking of the Christian religion" will not be long delayed. The peoples will be kept 
distracted by trivial amusements ("people's palaces") from becoming troublesome and asking questions. 
History will be rewritten for their delusion (another precept since fulfilled in communized Russia), for "we 
shall erase from the memory of men all facts of previous centuries which are undesirable to us, and leave only 
those which depict all the errors of the national governments". "All the wheels of the machinery of all States 
go by the force of the engine, which is in our hands, and that engine of the machinery of States is Gold". 

And the end of it all: "What we have to get at is that there should be in all the States of the world, 
beside ourselves, only the masses of the proletariat, a few millionaires devoted to our interests, police and 
soldiers. . . The recognition of our despot. . . will come when the peoples, utterly wearied by the irregularities 
and incompetence. . . of their rulers, will clamour: 'Away with them and give us one king over all the earth 
who will unite us and annihilate the causes of discords, frontiers, nationalities, religions, State debts, who will 
give us peace and quiet, which we cannot find under our rulers and representatives' ". 

In two or three of these passages I have substituted "people" or "masses" for "Gqyim ", because the use 
of that word relates to the unproven assertion contained in the book's title, and I do not want to confuse the 
issues; evidence about the identity of the authors of the conspiracy must be sought elsewhere than in an 
unsupported allegation. The authors may have been Jewish, non-Jewish or anti-Jewish. That is immaterial. 
When it was published this work was the typescript of a drama which had not been performed; today it has 
been running for fifty years and its title is The Twentieth Century, The characters depicted in it move on our 
contemporary stage, play the parts foretold and produce the events foreseen. 

Only the denouement remains, fiasco or fulfilment. It is a grandiose plan, and 
[223] in my estimation cannot succeed. But it has existed for at least 180 years and probably for much longer, 
and the Protocols provided one more proof in a chain of proofs that has since been greatly lengthened. The 
conspiracy for world dominion through a world slave state exists and cannot at this stage be abruptly checked 
or broken off; of the momentum which it has acquired it now must go on to fulfilment or failure. Either will 
be destructive for a time, and hard for those of the time in which the denouement comes. 

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As the first decade of the 20th Century grew older the signs of the coming storms multiplied. In 1903 
the British Government had offered Uganda to Zionism and Max Nordau had publicly foretold "the future 
world war", in the sequence to which England would procure Palestine for Zionism. In 1905 the Protocols 
prophetically revealed the destructive orgy of Communism. Then in 1906 one Mr. Arthur James Balfour, 
Prime Minister of England, met Dr. Weizmann in a hotel room and was captivated by the notion of 
presenting Palestine, which was not his to give, to "the Jews". 

The shape which "the future world war" would take was then determined. Mr. Balfour stood guard 
over the new century and yielded the pass. A different man, in his place, might have saved it; or another 
might have done the same, for by 1906 the hidden mechanism for exerting "irresistible pressure on the 
international affairs of the present" (Leon Pinsker, 1 882) had evidently been perfected. Rabbi Elmer Berger 
says of that time, "that group of Jews which committed itself to Zionism . . . entered a peripatetic kind of 
diplomacy which took it into many chancelleries and parliaments, exploring the labyrinthine and devious ways 
of international politics in a part of the world where political intrigue and secret deals were a byword. Jews 
began to play the game of 'practical polities'." The era of the malleable "administrators" and compliant 
"premier-dictators", all furthering the great plan, was beginning. Therefore any other politician, put in Mr. 
Balfour's place at that time, might have acted similarly. However, his name attaches to the initial misdeed. 

His actions are almost unaccountable in a man of such birth, training and type. Research cannot 
discover evidence of any other motive than an infatuation, of the "liberal" sort, for an enterprise which he did 
not even examine in the light of duty and wisdom. "Hard-boiled" considerations of "practical politics" (that 
is, a cold calculation that money or votes might be gained by supporting Zionism) can hardly be suspected in 
him. He and his colleagues belonged to the oldest families of England, which carried on a long tradition of 
public service. Statesmanship was in their blood; understanding of government and knowledge of foreign 
affairs were instinctive in them; they represented the most successful ruling class in recorded history; and they 
were wealthy. 

Why, then, did instinct, tradition and wisdom suddenly desert them in this one question, at the 
moment when their Conservative Party, in its old form, for the last time governed England, and their families 
still guided the country's fortunes from great houses in Piccadilly and Mayfair and from country abbeys? Were 
they alarmed by the menace that "the mob" would be incited against them if they did not comply? They 
realized that birth and privilege alone would not continue to qualify for the function of governing. The world 
had changed much in the century before, and they knew that the process would go on. In the British 
[225] tradition they worked to ensure continuity, unbroken by violence and eased by conciliation. They were 
too wise to resist change; they aimed at guiding change. Perhaps they were too eager on that account to shake 
hands with Progress, when it knocked, without examining the emissaries' credentials. 

Mr. Balfour, their leader, was a tall, aloof and scholarly bachelor, impassive and pessimistic; he was of 
chilly mien but his intimates contend that his heart was warm. His middle-aged love affair with Zionism 
might be a symptom of unwilling celibacy. In youth he delayed asking his ladylove until she became affianced 
to another; before they could marry her lover died; and as Mr. Balfour was about to make good his earlier 
tardiness she died. He then resolved to remain unmarried. 

Women may not be good judges of a distinguished bachelor who wears a broken heart on his sleeve, 
but many of the contemporary comments about him come from women, and I quote the opinions of two of 
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wrote, 'The opinions he expressed and the doctrines he held seemed to be the products of pure logic. . . he was 
gifted with a breadth of comprehension I have never seen equalled"; and Lady Cynthia Asquith said, "As for 
his being devoid of moral indignation, I often saw him white with anger; any personal injustice enraged him". 

The italicised words could not more completely misportray Mr. Balfour, if the result of his actions is 
any test. The one thought-process which cannot have guided him, in pledging his country to Zionism, was 
logic, for no logical good could come of this for any of the parties concerned, his own country, the native 
inhabitants of Palestine, or (in my opinion) the mass of Jews, who had no intention of going there. As for 
injustice (unless Lady Cynthia intended to distinguish between "personal" and mass injustice), the million 
innocent beings who today have been driven into the Arabian wilderness (in the manner of the Levitical 
"scapegoat") offer the obvious answer. 

Anyway, there he was, Prime Minister of England, having succeeded "dear Uncle Robert" (Lord 
Salisbury, of the great house of Cecil) in 1902. Clearly he cannot at that instant have conceived, from 
nowhere, the notion of giving Uganda to the Zionists, so that "irresistible pressure" must have been at work 
before he took office. What went on in that earlier period is all mystery or, in truth, conspiracy ("labyrinthine 
intrigue"). When he became prime minister the mine was already laid, and to the end of his days Mr. Balfour 
apparently never realized that it was the mine of which all are today aware. 

Dr. Herzl, despairing of the Czar, the Kaiser and the Sultan (the three potentates had been amiable but 
prudent and non-committal; they knew, what Mr. Balfour never learned, that Zionism was dynamite*) had 
declared: "England, great England, free England, England commanding the seas will understand our aims" 
(the reader will perceive for what purpose, in this view, 

* For that matter, the successors of the Czars were of just the same opinion. Lenin in 1903 wrote, "This Zionist 
idea is entirely false and reactionary in its essence. The idea of a separate Jewish nation, which is utterly untenable 
scientifically, is reactionary in its political implications . . . The Jewish question is: assimilation or separateness? And the idea 
of ajewish people is manifestly reactionary". And in 1913 Stalin reaffirmed this dictum. The destiny of the Jews, he said, 
was assimilation (in a Communist world, of course, in this opinion). 


England had become great, free, and commander of the seas). When the Uganda offer showed the 
Talmudic directorate in Russia that Dr. Herzl was wrong in thinking that England would "understand" their 
needs, Dr. Weizmann was sent to London. He was preparing to overthrow Dr. Herzl and now becomes our 
chief witness to the hidden events of that time. 

A young Englishman, with some modest petition, would have great trouble even today in penetrating 
the janitorial and secretarial defences of a Cabinet minister's private room. Young Dr. Weizmann from 
Russia, who wanted Palestine, was quickly ushered into that of Lord Percy ("in charge of African affairs"). 

Lord Percy was another scion of a great ruling family with an ancient tradition of public service and 
wise administration. According to Dr. Weizmann, he "expressed boundless astonishment that the Jews 
should ever so much as have considered the Uganda proposal, which he regarded as impractical on the one 
hand, and, on the other, a denial of the Jewish religion. Himself deeply religious, he was bewildered by the 
thought that Jews could even entertain the idea of any other country than Palestine as the centre of their 
revival; and he was delighted to learn from me that there were so many Jews who had emphatically refused. 
He added, 'If I were a Jew, I would not give a halfpenny for the proposition'." 

Presumably Dr. Weizmann did not inform Lord Percy of the unanimous longing of the Jems in Palestine 
to remove to Uganda. What he had heard, if his record is correct, was virtually an invitation to get rid of Dr. 
Herzl and a promise to support the claim to Palestine. He went away to prepare Dr. Herzl's discomfiture. He 
did not go empty-handed. 

Possibly, in the fifty years that have elapsed, British ministers have learned that official notepaper 
should be kept where only those authorized may use it. On leaving Lord Percy's room Dr. Weizmann took 
some Foreign Office notepaper and on it wrote a report of the conversation, which he sent to Russia (where, 
under the Romanoffs and the Communist Czars alike, government stationery is not left lying around). In 
Russia, this document, written on offical Foreign Office paper, must have aroused feelings akin to those 
which a holy ikon would cause in a moujik. Clearly it meant that the British Government had no further use 
for Dr. Herzl and would procure Palestine for the Zionists in Russia. Lord Percy, in today's idiom, had 
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All else followed as if arranged by Greek gods: the triumph of the Zionists from Russia over Dr. 
Herzl, his collapse and death, the rejection of the Uganda offer. Then Dr. Weizmann moved to England, "the 
one country which seemed likely to show a genuine sympathy for a movement like ours", and where he 
[227] could "live and work without let or hindrance, at least theoretically" (any compilation of classical 
understatements might include this passage in first place). 

Dr. Weizmann chose Manchester for his residence. He says "by chance", but credulity balks. 
Manchester held Mr. Balfour's constituency; Manchester was the Zionist headquarters in England; the 
chairman of Mr. Balfour's party in Manchester was a Zionist (today the British Conservative Party is still 
enmeshed in these toils). 

The Greek drama continued. Mr. Balfour's prime-ministership ended in a fiasco for his party when in 
the 1906 election eight out of nine Manchester seats were lost to it. He then faded temporarily from office. 
At that moment another personage entered the present narrative. Among the triumphant Liberal candidates 
was a rising young man with a keen nose for political winds, a Mr. Winston Churchill. He also sought election 
in Manchester and commended himself to the Zionist headquarters there, first by attacking the Balfour 
government's Aliens Bill (which set a brake on large-scale immigration from such places as Russia) and next 
by supporting Zionism. Thereon "the Manchester Jews promptly fell into line behind him as though he were 
a kind of latterday Moses; one of their leaders got up at an all-Jewish-meeting and announced that 'any Jew 
who votes against Churchill is a traitor to the common cause' " (Mr. R.C. Taylor). Mr. Churchill, elected, 
became Under Secretary for the Colonies. His public espousal of Zionism was simply a significant episode at 
that time; three decades later, when Mr. Balfour was dead, it was to have consequences as fateful as Mr. 
Balfour's own aberration. 

To return to Mr. Balfour: his private thoughts were much with Zionism. At no time, as far as the 
annals disclose, did he give thought to the native inhabitants of Palestine, whose expulsion into the 
wilderness he was to cause. By coincidence, the election was being mainly fought around the question of the 
allegedly cruel treatment of some humble beings far away (this is an instance of the method of stirring up the 
passions of "the mob", recommended by Dr. Herzl and the Protocols). The electors knew nothing of 
Zionism and when they later became acquainted with it felt no concern for the menaced Arabs, because that 
side of the matter was not put before them by a press then "submissive". However, in 1906 their feelings 
were being inflamed about "Chinese slavery" and (Manchester being Manchester) they were highly indignant 
about it. At that time Chinese Coolies were being indentured for three years work in the South African gold 
mines. Those chosen counted themselves fortunate, but for electoral and "rabble-rousing" purposes in 
Manchester this was "slavery" and the battle was fought and won on that score. The victorious Liberals 
forgot "Chinese slavery" immediately after the counting of the votes, (and when their turn in office came 
outdid the Conservatives in their enthusiasm for Zionism). 

Thus, while shouts of "Chinese slavery" resounded outside his windows, Mr. 
[228] Balfour, closeted with a Zionist emissary from Russia, prepared something worse than slavery for the 
Arabs of Palestine. His captivation was complete before the interview began, as his niece and lifelong 
confidante (Mrs. Dugdale) shows: "His interest in the subject was whetted. . . by the refusal of the Zionist Jews 
to accept the Uganda offer. . . The opposition aroused in him a curiosity which he found no means to satisfy . . 
. He had asked his chairman in Manchester to fathom the reasons for the Zionist attitude. . . Balfour's interest 
in the Jews and their history. . . originated in the Old Testament training of his mother and in his Scottish 
upbringing. As he grew up his intellectual admiration and sympathy for certain aspects of the Jews in the 
modern world seemed to him of immense importance. I remember in childhood imbibing from him the idea 
that Christian religion and civilization owed to Judaism an immeasurable debt, ill repaid" . 

Such was Mr. Balfour's frame of mind when he received Dr. Weizmann in a room of the old Queen's 
Hotel in dank and foggy Manchester in 1906. The proposition before him, if accepted, meant adding Turkey, 
in 1906, to England's enemies in any "future world war" and, if Turkey were defeated in it, engaging in 
perpetual warfare thereafter with the Arab world. 

But calculations of national interest, moral principle and statesmanship, if the above quotations are the 
test, had deserted Mr. Balfour's mind. 

He was in the grip of a "whetted" interest and an unsatisfied "curiosity"; it sounds like a young girl's 
romantic feeling about love. He had not been elected to decide what "debt" Christianity owed to Judaism, or 
if he decided that one was owing, to effect its repayment, from a third party's funds, to some canvasser 
professing title to collect. If there were any identifiable debt and any rational cause to link his country with it, 
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was a debt, and that he was entided to choose between claimants in favour of a caller from Russia, when the 
mass of Jews in England repudiated any notion of such a debt. History does not tell of a stranger thing. 

Dr. Weizmann, forty years later, recorded that the Mr. Balfour whom he met "had only the most naive 
and rudimentary notion of the movement"; he did not even know Dr. Herzl's name, the nearest he could get 
to it being "Dr. Herz". Mr. Balfour was already carried away by his enthusiasm for the unknown cause. He 
posed formal objections, but apparently only for the pleasure of hearing them overborne, as might a girl 
object to the elopement she secretly desires. He was much impressed (as Dr. Weizmann says) when his visitor 
said, "Mr. Balfour, supposing I were to offer you Paris instead of London, would you take it?" "But, Dr. 
Weizmann, we have London", he answered. Dr. Weizmann retorted, "But we had Jerusalem when London 
was a marsh". 

Mr. Balfour apparently felt this to be a conclusive reason why the Ashkenazic Jews from Russia should 
be removed to Palestine. However, the only body of 

[229] Jews whose interest he had any right to consider, those of England, had been working hard to dissuade 
him from getting entangled in Zionism, and he made a last feeble objection: "It is curious, Dr. Weizmann, the 
Jews I meet are quite different". Dr. Weizmann replied, "Mr. Balfour, you meet the wrong kind of Jew". 

Mr. Balfour never again questioned the claim of the Zionists from Russia to be the right kind of Jew. 
"It was from that talk with Weizmann that I saw that the Jewish form of patriotism was unique. It was 
Weizmann's absolute refusal even to look at it" (the Uganda proposition) "which impressed me"; to these 
words Mrs. Dugdale adds the comment, "The more Balfour thought about Zionism, the more his respect for 
it and his belief in its importance grew. His convictions took shape before the defeat of Turkey in the Great 
War, transforming the whole future for the Zionists", He also transformed the whole future for the entire West and 
for two generations of its sons. In this hotel-room meeting of 1906 Max Nordau's prophecy of 1903 about 
the shape of "the future world war" was given fulfilment. 

As that war approached, the number of leading public men who privily espoused Zionism grew apace. 
They made themselves in fact co-conspirators, for they did not inform the public masses of any intention 
about Palestine. None outside the inner circle of "labyrinthine intrigue" knew that one was in their minds and 
would be carried out in the confusion of a great war, when parliamentary and popular scrutiny of acts of State 
policy was in suspense. The secrecy observed stamps the process as a conspiratorial one, originating in 
Russia, and it bore fruit in 1917. 

The next meeting between Dr. Weizmann and Mr. Balfour was on December 14, 1914*. Then the 
First World War had just begun. The standing British army had been almost wiped out in France, and France 
itself faced catastrophe, while only the British Navy stood between England and the gravest dangers. A war, 
costing Britain and France some three million lives, lay ahead, and the youth of Britain was rushing to join in 
the battle. The great cause was supposed to be that of overthrowing "Prussian militarism", liberating "small 
nations", and restoring "freedom and democracy". 

Mr. Balfour was soon to be restored to office. His thoughts, when he met Dr. Weizmann again, were 
apparently far from the great battle in France. His mind was not with his country or his people. It was with 
Zionism and Palestine. He began his talk with Dr. Weizmann by saying, "I was thinking about that 
conversation of ours" (in 1906) "and I believe that when the guns stop firing you may get your Jerusalem". 

* An instance of the difficulty of eliciting facts in this matter: Mrs. Dugdale quoted Dr. Weizmann as saying, "did 
not see him again until 1916", but contradicts this statement by another of her own, "On December T4, 1914, Dr. Weizmann 
had an appointment to see Balfour". This implicit mention of a second meeting on that date appears to be confirmed by Dr. 
Weizmann's own statement, that after seeing Mr. Lloyd George on December 3, 1914, he "followed up at once Lloyd George's 
suggestion about seeing Mr. Balfour". 


People who lived at that time may recall the moment and see how far from anything which they 
supposed to be at stake were these thoughts of Mr. Balfour. In the person of Mr. Balfour the Prophet Monk 
reappeared, but this time armed with power to shape the destiny of nations. Obviously "irresistible pressure" 
behind the scenes had gained great power and was already most effective in 1914. 

By that time the American people were equally enmeshed in this web of "labyrinthine intrigue", hidden 
from the general view, though they did not suspect it. They feared "foreign entanglements"; they wished to 
keep out of the war and had a president who promised he would keep them out of it. In fact, they were 
virtually in it, for "irresistible pressure" by that time was working as effectively in Washington as in London. 

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While Mr. Balfour and his associates in this still secret enterprise moved towards power in England 
during the First World War, a similar group of men secredy took shape in the American Republic. The 
political machine they built produced its full result nearly fifty years later, when President Truman in effect set 
up the Zionist state in Palestine. 

In 1900 Americans still clung to their "American dream", and the essence of it was to avoid "foreign 
entanglements". In fact the attack on Spain in Cuba in 1898 had already separated them from this secure 
anchorage, and the mysterious origins of that little war are therefore of continuing interest. The American 
public was caused to explode in warlike frenzy, in the familiar way, when it was told that the Maine was blown 
up in Havana harbour by a Spanish mine. When she was raised, many years later, her plates were found to 
have been blown out by an inner explosion (but by then "the mob" had long lost interest in the matter). 

The effect of the Spanish- American war (continuing American "entanglement" in the affairs of others) 
lent major importance to the question: who was to exercise the ruling power in America, for the nature of any 
"entanglements" clearly depended on that. The answer to this question, again, was governed by the effect of 
an earlier war, the American Civil War of 1861-1865. The chief consequences of it (little comprehended by 
the contending Northerners and Southerners) was sensibly to change the nature, first of the population, and 
next of the government of the Republic. 

Before the Civil War the American population was predominantly Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, British, 
German and Scandinavian, and from this amalgam a distinctly "American" individual evolved. In the direct 
sequence to that war the era of unrestricted immigration began, which in a few decades brought to America 
many millions of new citizens from Eastern and Southern Europe. These included a great mass of Jews from 
the Talmudic areas of Russia and Russian Poland. In Russia the rabbinate had stood between them and 
"assimilation" and this continued when they reached America. Thus the 20th Century, at its start, threw up 
the question, what part would their leaders acquire in the political control of the Republic and of its foreign 
undertakings. The later events showed that the Eastern conspiracy, in both its forms, entered America 
through this mass-immigration. The process of acquiring an ever-increasing measure of political power 
began, behind the scenes, about 1900 and was to become the major issue of American national life in the 
ensuing fifty years. 

The man who first involved America in this process was a Mr. Edward Mandell House (popularly 
known as Colonel House, but he had no military service), a Southern gentleman, chiefly of Dutch and 
English descent, who grew up inTexas during the bitter Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. 
He is a remarkable character in this tale. As other connoisseurs might exult in the 

[232] taste of rare brandy, he loved the secret exercise of power through others, and candidly confided this to 
his diary. He shunned publicity (says his editor, Mr. Charles Seymour) "from a sardonic sense of humour 
which was tickled by the thought that he, unseen and often unsuspected, without great wealth or office, 
merely through the power of personality and good sense, was actually deflecting the currents of history". Few men 
have wielded so much power in complete irresponsibility: "it is easy enough for one without responsibility to sit 
down over a cigar and a glass of wine and decide what is best to be done", wrote Mr. House. 

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His editor's choice of words is exact; Mr. House did not guide American State policy, but deflected it 
towards Zionism, the support of the world-revolution, and the promotion of the world-government ambition. 
The fact of his exercise of secret power is proven. His motives for exercizing it in those directions are hard to 
discover, for his thoughts (as revealed by his diary and his novel) appear to have been so confused and 
contradictory that no clear picture emerges from them. 

His immense daily record of his secret reign (the Private Papers) fully exposed how he worked. It leaves 
unanswered the question of what he ultimately wanted, or if he even knew what he wanted; as to that, his 
novel shows only a mind full of half-baked demagogic notions, never clearly thought out. The highfalutin 
apostrophe on the flyleaf is typical: "This book is dedicated to the unhappy many who have lived and died 
lacking opportunity, because, in the starting, the worldwide social structure was wrongly begun"; apparently 
this means that Mr. House, who held himself to be a religious man, thought poorly of the work of an earlier 
authority, described in the words, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". 

In the search for the origins of Mr. House's political ideas (which at first were akin to Communism; in 
later life, when the damage was done, he became more moderate) the student is cast on significant clues. His 
editor finds in his early thought a note "reminiscent of ljouis Blanc and the revolutionaries of 1848" . With this in 
mind I earlier directed the readers attention to Louis Blanc, the French revolutionary who for a moment, in 
1848, seemed likely to play Lenin's part and summoned the assembly of workers' delegates which was an 
anticipation of the 1917 Soviets. 

Such notions, in a Texan of the late 19th Century, are as unexpected as Buddhism in an Eskimo. 
Nevertheless, Mr. House in youth acquired these ideas; someone had implanted them in him. His middle 
name, Mandell, was that of "a Jewish merchant in Houston, who was one of his father's most intimate 
friends; the fact that the elder House conferred a Jewish name upon his son indicates the family's attitude towards 
the race" (Mr. Arthur D. Howden, his biographer). In Mr. House's novel the hero refuses all preferment to go 
and live in a humble East Side room with a Polish Jew, come to America after anti-Jewish disturbances in 
Warsaw caused by the murder there, by "a young Jew, baited beyond endurance", of the son of a high 
government official. In later life Mr. House's 

[233] brother-in-law and counsellor was a Jew, Dr. Sidney Mezes, who was one of the initiators of this 
century's world-government plan in its earliest form (The League to Enforce Peace). 

That is about all that can be elicited about the intellectual atmosphere of Mr. House's mind-formative 
period. In one of his most revealing passages Mr. House himself comments on the suggestion of ideas to 
others and shows, apparently without realizing it, how powerless he ultimately was, who thought himself all- 
powerful: "With the President, as with all other men I sought to influence, it was invariably my intention to 
make him think that ideas he derived from me were his own. . . Usually, to tell the truth, the idea was not original 
with me. . . The most difficult thing in the world is to trace any idea to its source . . . We often think an idea to be original 
with ourselves when, in plain truth, // was subconsciously absorbed from someone else". 

He began to learn about politics in Texas when he was only eighteen, then discerning during a 
presidential election (1876) that "two or three men in the Senate and two or three in the House and the 
President himself ran the government. The others were merely figureheads . . . Therefore I had no ambition 
to hold office, nor had I any ambition to speak". (He puts the same idea into the mouth of a politician in his 
novel of 1912; "In Washington. . . I found that the government was run by a few men; that outside of this 
little circle no one was of much importance. It was my ambition to break into it if possible and my ambition 
now leaped so far as to want, not only to be of it, but later, to be IT . . . The President asked me to undertake 
the direction of his campaign . . . He was overwhelmingly nominated and re-elected . . . and I was now well 
within the charmed circle and within easy reach of my further desire to have no rivals. . . I tightened a nearly 
invisible coil around the people, which held them fast. . . ") 

In that spirit Mr. House entered Texan politics: "I began at the top rather than at the bottom. . . it has 
been my habit to put someone else nominally at the head, so that I could do the real work undisturbed by the 
demands which are made on a chairman . . . Each chairman of the campaigns which I directed received the 
publicity and the applause of both the press and the people during the campaign . . . they passed out of public 
notice within a few months . . . and yet when the next campaign came around, the public and the press as 
eagerly accepted another figurehead". 

Mr. House used Texas somewhat as a rising actor may use the provinces. He was so successful as a 
party-organizer there that at the turn of the century he was the real ruler of the state and sat daily in the office 
of its governor (appointed by Mr. House and long forgotten) at the State Capitol, where he chose State 
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governor. The provincial tour accomplished, he prepared to conquer the capital. By 1900 he was "tired of the 
position I occupied in Texas" and was "ready to take part in national affairs". After further 
[234] preparation he began, in 1910 as the First World War approached, "to look about for a proper candidate for 
the Democratic nomination for President". 

Thus Mr. House, aged fifty, was a president-maker. Until I read his Private Papers I was much impressed 
by the "uncanny knowledge" displayed by a leading American Zionist, Rabbi Stephen Wise, who in 1910 told 
a New Jersey audience: "On Tuesday Mr. Woodrow Wilson will be elected governor of your State; he will not 
complete his term of office as governor; in November 1912 he will be eleeted President of the United States; 
he will be inaugurated for the second time as president". This was fore-knowledge of the quality shown by 
the Protocols, Leon Pinsker and Max Nordau, but further research showed that Rabbi Wise had it from 
Colonel House! 

Evidently Mr. Wilson had been closely studied by the group of secret men which then was coalescing, 
for neither Mr. House nor Rabbi Wise at that moment had met him! But Mr. House "became convinced that 
he had found his man, although he had never met him ... 'I turned to Woodrow Wilson ... as being the only 
man. . . who in every way measured up to the office' " (Mr. Howden). The standard measurement used is 
indicated by a later passage: "The trouble with getting a candidate for president is that the man that is best 
fitted for the place cannot be nominated and, if nominated, could not be elected. The People seldom take the 
best man fitted for the job; therefore it is necessary to work for the best man who can be nominated and 
elected, and just now Wilson seems to be that man". (This description, again, is qualified by the allusion in 
Mr. House's novel to the methods used by a powerful group to elect "its creature" to the presidency). 

The Zionist idea coupled itself to the revolutionary idea, among the group of men which was secretly 
selecting Mr. Woodrow Wilson for the presidency, in the person of this Rabbi Stephen Wise (born in 
Budapest, like Herzl and Nordau). He was the chief Zionist organizer in America and as such still something 
of a curiosity among the Jews of America, who at that time repudiated Zionism and distrusted the "Eastern 
Jews". Until 1900, as Rabbi Wise says, Zionism in America was confined to the immigrant Jews from Russia, 
who brought it with them from the Talmudic ghettoes there; the mass of American Jews were of German 
origins and would have none of it. Between 1900 and 1910, a million new Jewish immigrants arrived from 
Russia and under Zionist organization began to form an important body of voters; here was the link between 
Mr. House (whose election-strategy will be described) and Rabbi Wise. Rabbi Wise, who was known chiefly 
as a militant orator, if not an agitator, in labour questions, was not then a representative Jewish figure, and 
nevertheless (like Dr. Weizmann in England) he was the man to whom the political potentates secretly gave 
access and ear. 

The strength of this secret group is shown by the fact that in 1910, when Mr. House had privately 
decided that Mr. Wilson should be the next president, Rabbi 

[235] Wise publicly proclaimed that he would be that, and for two terms. This called for a rearrangement of 
the rabbi's politics, for he had always supported the Republican party; after Mr. House's secret selection of 
Mr. Wilson, he changed to the Democratic one. Thus Mr. House's confused "revolutionary" ideas and 
Zionism's perfectly clear ones arrived together on the doorstep of the White House. Agreement between the 
group was cordial: Mr. Wise states that (after the election) "we received warm and heartening help from 
Colonel House, close friend of the president. . . House not only made our cause the object of his very special concern but 
served as liaison officer between the Wilson administration and the Zionist movement". The close parallel between the 
course of these hidden processes in America and in England is here shown. 

The secret of Mr. House's hold over the Democratic Party lay in the strategy which he had devised for 
winning elections. The Democratic party had been out of office for nearly fifty unbroken years and he had 
devised a method which made victory almost a mathematical certainty. The Democratic party was in fact to 
owe its victories in 1912 and 1916, as well as President Roosevelt's and President Truman's victories in 1932, 
1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948 to the application of Mr. House's plan. In this electoral plan, which in its field 
perhaps deserves the name of genius, lies Mr. House's enduring effect on the life of America; his political 
ideas were never clearly formed and were frequently changed, so that he forged an instrument whereby the 
ideas of others were put into effect; the instrument itself was brilliantly designed. 

In essence, it was a plan to gain the vote of the "foreign-born", the new immigrants, solidly for the 
Democratic party by making appeal to their racial feelings and especial emotional reflexes. It was worked out 
in great detail and was the product of a master hand in this particular branch of political science. 

The unique, fantastic thing about this plan is that Mr. House published it, anonymously, in the very 
year, 1912, when Mr. Wilson, secretly "chosen", was publicly nominated and elected. In that busy year Mr. 

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House found time to write, in thirty days, a novel called Philip Dru: Administrator (the unusual word recalls the 
allusion in the Protocols to "The Administrators whom we shall choose ..."). The chapter entitled "The 
Making of a President", which is obviously not fiction, makes this almost unreadable novel a historical 
document of the first importance. 

In this chapter of his novel (which Mr. House was prompted to publish by his assiduous mentor, Dr. 
Sidney Mezes) an American Senator called Selwyn is depicted as setting about to "govern the Nation with an 
absolute hand, and yet not be known as the directing power". Selwyn is Mr. House. Apparently he could not 
resist the temptation to give a clue to his identity, and he caused "Selwyn" to invite the man he selected as his 
puppet-president ("Selwyn seeks a Candidate") to "dine with me in my rooms at the Mandell House", 

Before that, Selwyn has devised "a nefarious plan", in concert with one John 
[236] Thor, "the high priest of finance", whereby "a complete and compact organization", using "the most 
infamous sort of deception regarding its real opinions and intentions", might "elect its creature to the Presidency". The 
financing of this secret league was "simple". "Thor's influence throughout commercial America was absolute . 
. . Thor and Selwyn selected the thousand" (millionaires) "that were to give each ten thousand dollars. . . Thor 
was to tell each of them that there was a matter, appertaining to the general welfare of the business fraternity, 
which needed twenty thousand dollars, and that he, Thor, would put up ten and wanted him to put up as 
much. . . There were but few men of business. . . who did not consider themselves fortunate in being called 
to New York by Thor and in being asked to join him in a blind pool looking to the safeguarding of wealth". 
The money of this "great corruption fund" was placed by Thor in different banks, paid at request by Selwyn 
to other banks, and from them transferred to the private bank of Selwyn's son-in-law; "the result was that the 
public had no chance of obtaining any knowledge of the fund or how it was spent" . 

On this basis of finance Selwyn selects his "creature", one Rockland, (Mr. Wilson), who on dining with 
Selwyn at "Mandell House" is told, that his responsibility as president will be "diffuse": "while a president has 
a consitutional right to act alone, he has no moral right to act contrary to the tenets and traditions of his 
party, or to the advice of the party leaders, for the country accepts the candidate, the party and the party advisers 
as a whole and not severally" (the resemblance between this passage and the allusions in the Protocols to "the 
responsibility of presidents" and the ultimate authority of their "advisers" is strong). 

Rockland humbly agrees to this. (After the election, "drunk with power and the adulation of 
sycophants, once or twice Rockland asserted himself, and acted upon important matters without having first 
conferred with Selwyn. But, after he had been bitterly assailed by Selwyn's papers. . . he made no further attempts 
at independence. He felt that he was utterly helpless in that strong man's hands, and so, indeed, he was". This 
passage in Mr. House's novel of 1912, written before Mr. Wilson's inauguration, may be compared with one in 
Mr. House's Private Papers of 1926, recording his actual relationship with the candidate during the election 
campaign. It states that Mr. House edited the presidential candidate's speeches and instructed him not to 
heed any other advice, whereon Mr. Wilson admitted indiscretions and promised "not to act independently in 
future". In the novel Selwyn is shown as telling Thor of Rockland' s attempt to escape the thrall: "When he 
told how Rockland had made an effort for freedom, and how he brought him back, squirming under his 
defeat, they laughed joyously"; this chapter is called "The Exultant Conspirators"). 

Another chapter shows how the election of the "creature" was achieved. The 
[237] plan described makes electioneering almost into an exact science and still governs electioneering in 
America. It is based on Mr. House's fundamental calculation that about 80 percent of the electors would in 
any circumstance whatever vote for one of the two opposed parties in roughly equal proportions, and that 
expenditure of money and effort must therefore be concentrated on "the fluctuating 20 percent". Then it 
analyzes this 20 percent in detail until the small residue is isolated, on which the utmost effort is to be bent. 
Every ounce or cent of wasteful expenditure is eliminated and a mass of energy released to be directed against 
the small body of voters who can sway the result. This plan has done so much to "deflect" the course of 
events in America and the world that it needs to be summarized here at some length. 

Selwyn begins the nomination campaign by eliminating all states where either his party or the other 
was sure to win. In this way he is free to give his entire thought to the twelve doubtful States, upon whose 
votes the election would turn. He divides these into units of five thousand voters, appointing for each unit a 
man on the spot and one at national headquarters. He calculated that of the five thousand, four thousand, in 
equal parts, probably could not be diverted from his own or the other party, and this brought his analysis 
down to one thousand doubtful voters, in each unit of five thousand in twelve States, on whom to concentrate. 
The local man was charged to obtain all possible information about their "race, religion, occupation and 
former party ties", and to forward this to the national man in charge of the particular unit, who was then 
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argument". The duty of the two agents for each unit, one in the field and one at headquarters, was between 
them to "bring in a majority of the one thousand votes within their charge". 

Meanwhile the managers of the other party were sending out "tons of printed matter to their State 
headquarters, which, in turn, distributed it to the country organizations, where it was dumped into a corner 
and given to visitors when asked for. Selwyn's committee used one-fourth as much printed matter, but it 
went in a sealed envelope, along with a cordial letter, directed to a voter that had as yet not decided how to 
vote. The opposition was sending speakers at great expense from one end of the country to the other . . . 
Selwyn sent men into his units to personally persuade each of the one thousand hesitating voters to support 
the Rockland ticket". 

By means of this most skilful method of analysis, elimination and concentration Rockland, in the 
novel, (and Mr. Wilson, in fact) was elected in 1912. The concentrated appeal to the "one thousand hesitating 
voters" in each unit was especially directed to the "race, creed and colour" emotion, and the objects of 
attention were evidently singled out with that in mind. "Thus Selwyn won and Rockland became the keystone 
of the arch he had set out to build". 

The remainder of the novel is unimportant but contains a few other significant 
[238] things. Its sub-title is "A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935". The hero, Philip Dm, is a young West 
Pointer under the influence of Karl Marx, who is elected leader of a mass movement by acclamation at an 
indignation meeting after Selwyn's and Thor's conspiracy has become known. The manner of this exposure is 
also interesting; Thor has a microphone concealed in his room (something little known in 1912 but today 
almost as familiar in politics as the Statesman's Yearbook) and, forgetting to disconnect it, his "exultant" talk 
with Selwyn after Rockland's election becomes known to his secretary, who gives it to the press; a most 
implausible episode is that the press published it! Then Dru assembles an army (armed, apparently by magic, 
with rifles and artillery), defeats the government forces at a single battle, marches on Washington, and 
proclaims himself "Administrator of the Republic". His first major action (and President Wilson's) is to 
introduce "a graduated income tax exempting no income whatsoever" (Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto 
demanded "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax"; the Protocols, "a progressive tax on property"). 

Dru next attacks Mexico, and the Central American Republics, also defeating them in one battle and 
thereafter uniting them under the American flag, which in the next chapter becomes also "the undisputed 
emblem of authority" over Canada and the British, French and other Possessions in the West Indies. Selwyn 
and Philip Dru are obviously both Mr. House. Selwyn is the superbly efficient party-organizer and secret 
wielder of Power; Dru is the muddled "utopian dreamer" (the Protocols) who does not know what to do with 
Power when he gets it. Inevitably, at the end, Mr. House did not know what to do with two characters who 
were in truth one man, and was compelled to merge them, as it were, by making Selwyn, the original villain of 
the piece, the confidant and bosom companion of Dru. After that, equally clearly, he did not know what to 
do with Dru, short of having him chased off by bears. Therefore he put him on a ship bound for an 
unknown destination with Gloria (a love-hungry girl who for fifty chapters has had to listen to Dru's 
incoherent plans for remoulding the world), and concludes: "Happy Gloria! Happy Philip! . . . Where were 
they bound? Would they return? These were the questions asked by all, but to which none could give 

In fact hardly anybody can have persisted to the end of this novel, and nobody would have cared 
where Philip and Gloria went, with one exception. There was one solitary being in the world for whom the 
story must have held a meaning as terrible and true as Dorian Gray's Portrait for Dorian: Mr. Woodrow 
Wilson. In that respect Philip Drew: Administrator is a unique work. Two questions haunt the student. Did Mr. 
Wilson read it? What prompted Mr. House (or his prompter) to publish this exact picture of what was going 
on at the very moment when "the creature" was being nominated and elected? Considered in that light the 
book becomes a work of sadistic mockery, and the reader becomes aware that 

[239] the group of men around Mr. House must have been as malevolent as they are depicted to be in the 
chapter, "The Exultant Conspirators". 

Is it conceivable that Mr. Wilson did not read it? Between his enemies and his friends, during an 
election campaign, someone must have put it in his hands. The student of history is bound to wonder 
whether the perusal of it, either then or later, may have caused the mental and physical state into which he 
soon fell. A few contemporary descriptions of him may be given as illustration (although they anticipate the 
chronology of the narrative a little). Mr. House later wrote of the man he had "chosen" and had elected ("the 
only one who in every way measured up to the office"), "I thought at that time" (1914) "and on several 
occasions afterwards, that the President wanted to die; certainly his attitude and his mental state indicated that 
he found no %est in life". When Mr. Wilson had not long been president Sir Horace Plunkett, the British 

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Ambassador, wrote to Mr. House, "I paid my respects to the President, and was shocked to see him looking so 
worn; the change since January last is terribly marked". Six years later Sir William Wiseman, a British 
governmental emissary, told Mr, House, "I was shocked by his appearance . . . His face was drawn and of a 
grey colour, and frequendy twitching in a pitiful effort to control nerves which had broken down" (191 9)*. 

Apparently a sure way to unhappiness is to receive high office as the instrument of others who remain 
unseen. Mr. Wilson inevitably looks wraithlike when contemplated against this record, now unfurled. Mr. 
House, Rabbi Wise and others around him seem to have gazed on him as collectors might on a specimen 
transfixed by a pin. In the circumstances, he must have been guided by guesswork, rather than by revelation, 
when at the age of twenty he decided that he would one day be president. This was known and Rabbi Wise 
once asked him, "When did you first think or dream of the presidency?" As the rabbi knew so much more 
than the President of the way in which the dream had been realized, he may have spoken tongue in cheek, 
and was evidently startled out of his customary deference when Mr. Wilson answered, "There never was a 
time after my graduation from Davidson College in South Carolina when I did not expect to become 
president", so that the rabbi asked sardonically, "Even when you were a teacher in a girls' college!" Mr. 
Wilson, apparently still oblivious, repeated, "There never was a time when I did not expect and prepare 
myself to become president". 

Between Mr. Wilson's secret "choice" by Mr. House in 1910 and his public 

* Strong resemblances occur in contemporary descriptions of Mr. Roosevelt, whom Mr. House also believed that 
he chose as a "figurehead". Mr. Robert E. Sherwood says with emphasis that Mr. Roosevelt was ever haunted "by r the ghost 
of Wilson", When Mr, Roosevelt had been president two y^ears his party manager, Mr. James Farley^, wrote, "The President 
looked bad. . . face drawn and his reactions slow" (1935), and two y r ears later he was "shocked at the President's appearance" 
(1937). In 1943 Madame Chiang Kai-shek was "shocked by the President's looks"; in 1944, says Mr. Merriman Smith, "he 
looked older than I have ever seen him and he made an irrelevant speech", and Mr. John T. Fkynn say^s the President's 
pictures "shocked the nation". In 1945 Miss Frances Perkins, a member of his cabinet, emerged from his office saydng, "I 
can't stand it, the President looks horrible". 

[240] nomination for president in 1912 he was prompted to make public obeisance to Zionism; at that point 
the American people became involved, as the British people had in fact been committed by the Uganda offer 
of 1903. Mr. Wilson, under coaching for the campaign, made a speech on "The rights of the Jews", in which 
he said, "I am not here to express our sympathy with our Jewish fellow-citizens but to make evident our sense of 
identity with them. This is not their cause; it is America' s" . 

This could only have one meaning; it was a declaration of foreign policy, if Mr. Wilson were elected. 
No need existed to "make evident the sense of identity" between Americans and Americans, and Jews in 
America were in every respect free and equal; only a refusal to identify themselves with America could alter that 
and Mr. Wilson in effect proclaimed this refusal. He was specifically stating that Jewish "identity" was 
different and separate and that America, under him, would support this self-segregation as a cause. 

To the initiates it was a pledge to Zionism. It was also an oblique allusion and threat to Russia, for the 
implication of Mr. Wilson's words was that he recognized the Jews in Russia (who were then the only 
organized Zionists) as representing all Jews. Thus he took the Balfourean part in the American production of 
this drama. 

At that time all the Zionist propaganda was directed against Russia. Some thirty years had passed since 
the assassination of Czar Alexander II, who had incurred the enmity of the revolutionaries by his attempt to 
introduce a parliamentary constitution (Dr. Kastein remarked that Jewish participation in the assassination 
was "natural"). His successor, Alexander III, was forced to devote himself to combating the revolution. In 
Mr. Wilson's time Czar Nicholas II was resuming Alexander the Liberator's attempt to pacify and unify his 
country by enfranchising the people, and once more was being fiercely opposed by the Talmudic Zionists. 

Then, at the very moment when Mr. Wilson made his implicit attack on Russian "intolerance", 
assassination was again used in Russia to destroy Nicholas II's work. During the revolution of 1906 he had 
issued an imperial decree making Russia a constitutional monarchy, and in 1907 he introduced universal 
suffrage. The revolutionaries feared this liberating measure more than they feared any Cossacks and used the 
People's Assembly, when it first met, for riotous uproar, so that it had to be dissolved. The Czar then chose 
as his prime minister an enlightened statesman, Count Stolypin, who by decree enacted a land reform followed by 
new elections. The result was that in the second parliament he received a great ovation and the revolutionaries 
were routed (some 3,000,000 landless peasants became owners of their land). 

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The future of Russia at that moment looked brighter than ever before. Stolypin was a national hero 
and wrote, "Our principal aim is to strengthen the agricultural population. The whole strength of the country 
rests on it . . . Give 

[241] this country ten years of inner tranquility and you will not know Russia". 

Those ten tranquil years would have changed the course of history for the better; instead, the 
conspiracy intervened and produced the ten days that shook the world. In 1911 Count Stolypin went to 
Kieff, where the Czar was to unveil a monument to the murdered Liberator, Alexander II, and was shot at a 
gala performance in the theatre by a Jewish revolutionary, Bagroff (in 1917 a Jewish commissar, discovering 
that a girl among some fugitives was Count Stolypin's daughter, promptly shot her). 

That happened in September 1911; in December 1911 Mr. Wilson, the candidate, made his speech 
expressing "a sense of identity" with the Jewish "cause". In November 191 1 Mr. Wilson had for the first time 
met the man, Mr. House, who had "chosen" him in 1910 (and who had then already "lined up all my political 
friends and following" on Mr. Wilson's behalf). Mr. House reported to his brother-in-law, "Never before 
have I found both the man and the opportunity" . 

Before the election Mr. House drew up a list of cabinet ministers (see Philip Dm) in consultation with a 
Mr. Bernard Baruch, who now enters this tale. He might be the most important of all the figures who will 
appear in it during the ensuing fifty years, for he was to become known as "the adviser" to several Presidents 
and in the 1950's was still advising President Eisenhower and Mr. Winston Churchill: In 1912 he was publicly 
known only as a highly successful financier. His biographer states that he contributed $50,000 to Mr. Wilson's 

Then during the election campaign Mr. Wilson was made to feel the bit. After initial indiscretions he 
promised Mr. House (as earlier quoted, and compared with Philip Dru) "not to act independently in future". 
Immediately after the election he received Rabbi Stephen Wise "in a lengthy session" at which they discussed 
"Russian affairs with special reference to the treatment of Jews" (Mr. Wise). At the same moment Mr. House lunched 
with a Mr. Louis D. Brandeis, an eminent jurist and a Jew, and recorded that "his mind and mine are in accord 
concerning most of the questions that are now to the fore ". 

Thus three of the four men around Mr. Wilson were Jews and all three, at one stage or another, played 
leading parts in promoting the re-segregation of the Jews through Zionism and its Palestinian ambition. At 
that time Mr. Brandeis and Rabbi Wise were the leading Zionists in America, and Mr. Brandeis, at his 
entrance into the story, deserves a paragraph. 

He was distinguished in appearance and in intellect, but neither he nor any other lawyer could have 
defined what constituted, in him, "a Jew". He did not practise the Judaist religion, either in the Orthodox or 
Reformed versions, and once wrote, "During most of my life my contact with Jews and Judaism was slight 
and I gave little thought to their problems". His conversion was of the irrational, romantic kind (recalling Mr. 
Balfour's): one day in 1897 he read at 

[242] breakfast a report of Dr. Herzl's speech at the First Zionist Congress and told his wife, "There is a 
cause to which I could give my life". 

Thus the fully assimilated American Jew was transformed in a trice. He displayed the ardour of the 
convert in his subsequent attacks on "assimilation": "Assimilation cannot be averted unless there be re- 
established in the Fatherland a centre from which the Jewish spirit may radiate". The Zionists from Russia 
never trusted this product of assimilation who now wanted to de-assimilate himself. They detested his 
frequent talk about "Americanism". He said, "My approach to Zionism was through Americanism", and to 
the Talmudists this was akin to saying that Zionism could be approached through "Russianism", which they 
were bent on destroying. In fact it was illogical to advocate the fiercest form of racial segregation while 
professing to admire American assimilationism, and Mr. Brandeis, for all his lawyer's skill, seems never truly 
to have understood the nature of Zionism. He became the Herzl of American Zionists (Rabbi Stephen Wise 
was their Weizmann) and was rudely dropped when he had served his turn. However, at the decisive 
moment, in 1917, he played a decisive part. 

Such was the grouping around a captive president as the American Republic moved towards 
involvement in the First World War, and such was the cause which was to be pursued through him and 
through his country's involvement. After his election Mr. House took over his correspondence, arranged 
whom he should see or not receive, told Cabinet officers what they were to say or not to say, and so on. By 
then he had also found time to write and publish that astonishing novel. He wanted power, and achieved it, but 
what else he wanted, in the sequence, he never decided. Thus his ambition was purposeless, and in retrospect 

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he now looks like Savrola, the hero of another politician's novel, of whom its author, Mr. Winston Churchill, 
said "Ambition was the motive force, and Savrola was powerless to resist it". At the end of his life Mr. 
House, lonely and forgotten, greatly disliked Philip Dru. 

But between 1911 and 1919 life was delightful for Mr. House. He loved the feeling of power for its 
own sake, and withal was too kind to want to hurt Rockland in the White House: 

"It was invariably my intention, with the President as with all other men I sought to influence, to make 
him think that ideas he derived from me were his own. In the nature of things I have thought more on many 
things than had the President, and I had had opportunities to discuss them more widely than he. But no man 
honestly likes to have another man steer his conclusions. We are all a little vain on that score. Most human 
beings are too much guided by personal vanity in what they do. It happens that I am not. It does not matter 
to me who gets the credit for an idea I have imparted. The main thing is to get the idea to work. Usually, to 
tell the truth, the idea was not original with me " (and as previously quoted, from Mr. Howden). 

Thus someone "steered" Mr. House, who steered Mr. Wilson, to the 
[243] conclusion that a body of men in the Talmudic areas of Russia ought to be put in possession of 
Palestine, with the obvious consequence that a permanent source of world warfare would be established 
there, and that the Jews of the world ought to be re-segregated from mankind. In this plan the destruction of 
Russia and the spread of the world-revolution also were foreseeably involved. 

At that period (1913) an event occurred which seemed of little importance then but needs recording 
here because of its later, large consequence. In America was an organization called B'nai B'rith (Hebrew for 
"Children of the Covenant"). Founded in 1843 as a fraternal lodge exclusively for Jews, it was called "purely 
an American institution", but it put out branches in many countries and today claims to "represent all Jews 
throughout the world", so that it appears to be part of the arrangement described by Dr. Kastein as "the 
Jewish international". In 1913 B'nai B'rith put out a tiny offshoot, the "Anti-Defamation League". It was to 
grow to great size and power; in it the state-within-states acquired a kind of secret police and it will reappear 
in this story. 

With the accession of Mr. Wilson and the group behind his presidential chair, the stage was set for the 
war about to begin. The function of America, in promoting the great supernational "design" through that 
war, was to be auxiliary. In that first stage England was cast for the chief part and the major objective, control 
of the British government, had not been fully attained when the war began. 

Thus the story now recrosses the Atlantic to England, where Mr. Balfour was moving again towards 
office. The leading men there were still resistant to the hidden purpose and plan and were intent on fighting 
the war, and winning it as quickly as possible, in the place where it began, Europe. They had to be brought 
into line if the process foretold by Max Nordau in 1903 was to be accomplished. Therefore the resistant men 
had to be disciplined or removed. 

From 1914 to 1916, then, the story becomes that of the struggle to displace these men in England, and 
to supplant them by others who, like Mr. Wilson, would fall into line. 

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Chapter 30 


The 1914-1918 war was the first war of nations, as distinct from armies; the hands that directed it 
reached into every home in most European, and many non-European countries, This was a new thing in the 
world, but it was foretold by the conspirators of Communism and Zionism. The Protocols of 1905 said that 
resistance to the plan therein unfolded would be met by "universal war"; Max Nordau in 1903 said that the 
Zionist ambition in Palestine would be achieved through "the coming world war". 

If such words were to be fulfilled, and thus to acquire the status of "uncanny knowledge" revealed in 
advance of the event, the conspiracy had to gain control of the governments involved so that their acts of 
State policy, and in consequence their military operations, might be diverted to serve the ends of the 
conspiracy, not national interests. The American president was already (i.e., from 1912) the captive of secret 
"advisers", as has been shown; and if Mr. House's depictment of him (alike in the anonymous novel and the 
acknowledged Private Papers) is correct, he fits the picture given in the earlier Protocols, ". . . we replaced the 
ruler by a caricature of a president, taken from the mob, from the midst of our puppet creatures, our slaves". 

However, Mr. Wilson was not required to take much active part in furthering the great "design" in the 
early stages of the First World War; he fulfilled his function later. At its start the main objective was to gain 
control of the British Government. The struggle to do this lasted two years and ended in victory for the 
intriguers, whose activities were unknown to the public masses. This battle, fought in the "labyrinth" of 
"international politics", was the decisive battle of the First World War. That is to say (as no decision is ever 
final, and can always be modified by a later decision), it produced the greatest and most enduring effects on 
the further course of the 20th Century; these effects continued to dominate events between the wars and 
during the Second World War, and in 1956 may be seen to form the most probable cause of any third 
"universal war". No clash of arms during the 1914-1918 war produced an effect on the future comparable 
with that brought about by the capture of the British Government in 1916. This process was hidden from the 
embroiled masses. From start to finish Britons believed that they had only to do with an impetuous Teutonic 
warlord, and Americans, that the incorrigible quarrelsomeness of European peoples was the root cause of the 

In England in 1914 the situation brought about in America by the secret captivity of President Wilson 
did not prevail. The leading political and military posts were held by men who put every proposal for the 
political and military conduct of the war to one test: would it help win the war and was it in their country's 
interest. By that test Zionism failed. The story of the first two years of the four-year war is that of the struggle 
behind the scenes to dislodge these 

[245] obstructive men and to supplant them by other, submissive men. 

Before 1914 the conspiracy had penetrated-only into antechambers (apart from the Balfour 
Government's fateful step in 1903). After 1914 a widening circle of leading men associated themselves with 
the diversionary enterprise, Zionism. Today the "practical considerations" (of public popularity or hostility, 
votes, financial backing and office) which influence politicians in this matter are well known, because they 
have been revealed by many authentic publications. At that time, a politician in England must have been 
exceptionally astute or far-sighted to see in the Zionists the holders of the keys to political advancement. 
Therefore the Balfourean motive of romantic infatuation may have impelled them; the annals are unclear at 
that period and do not explain the unaccountable. Moreover, the English have always tended to give their 
actions a guise of high moral purpose, and to persuade themselves to believe in it; this led Macaulay to 
observe that "we know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of 

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morality". Possibly, then, some of the men who joined in this intrigue (which it undoubtedly was) thought they 
were doing right. This process of self-delusion is shown by the one statement, discoverable by me, which 
clearly identifies a group of pro-Zionists in high English places at that time, and offers a motive of the kind 
satirized by Lord Macaulay. 

This comes from a Mr. Oliver Locker-Lampson, early in this century a Conservative Member of 
parliament. He played no great part and was notable, if at all, only for his later, fanatical support of Zionism 
in and outside parliament, but he was a personal friend of the leading men who fathered Zionism on the 
British people. In 1952, in a London weekly journal, he wrote: 

"Winston, Lloyd George, Balfour and I were brought up vigorous Protestants, who believe in the 
coming of a new Saviour when Palestine returns to Jews". This is the Messianic idea of Cromwell's 
Millenarians, foisted on the 20th Century. Only the men named could say if the statement is true, and but one 
of them survives. Whether this is the true basis of Protestantism, vigorous or otherwise, readers may judge 
for themselves. None will contend that it is a sound basis for the conduct of State policy or military 
operations in war. Also, of course, it expresses the same impious idea that moved the Prophet Monk and all 
such men: that God has forgotten his duty and, having defaulted, must have it done for him. Anyway, a 
group had formed and we may as well use for it the name which this man gave it: the Vigorous Protestants. 

The First World War began, with these Vigorous Protestants ambitious to attain power so that they 
might divert military operations in Europe to the cause of procuring Palestine for the Zionists. Dr. 
Weizmann, who had not been idle since we last saw him closeted with Mr. Balfour at Manchester in 1906, at 
once went into action: "now is the time. . . the political considerations will be favourable", he wrote in 
October 1914. He sought out Mr. CP. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian, which was much addicted 
(then as now) to any non- 

[246] native cause. Mr. Scott was enchanted to learn that his visitor was "a Jew who hated Russia" (Russia, 
England's ally, at that moment was saving the British and French armies in the west by attacking from the 
east) and at once took him to breakfast with Mr. Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. Lloyd 
George (whom Dr. Weizmann found "extraordinarily flippant" about the war in Europe) was "warm and 
encouraging" about Zionism and suggested another meeting with Mr. Balfour. This ensued on December 14, 
1914. Mr. Balfour, recalling the 1906 conversation, "quite nonchalantly" asked if he could help Dr. Weizmann 
in any practical way, receiving the answer, "Not while the guns are roaring; when the military situation 
becomes clearer I will come again" (Mrs. Dugdale, with whose account Dr. Weizmann's agrees: "I did not 
follow up this opening, the time and place were not propitious". This was the meeting at which Mr. Balfour 
gratuitously said that "when the guns stop firing you may get your Jerusalem"). 

Dr. Weizmann did not grasp eagerly at Mr. Balfour's "quite nonchalant" offer for a good reason. The 
Zionist headquarters at that moment was in Berlin and Dr. Weizmann's colleagues there were convinced that 
Germany would win the war. Before they put any cards on the table they wished to be sure about that. When, 
later, they resolved to stake on the Allied card, "the guns" were still "roaring". Dr. Weizmann was not 
deterred by thought of the carnage in Europe from "following up the opening". As he truly told Mr. Balfour 
(and Mr. Balfour certainly did not understand just what was in his visitor's mind), "the time. . . was not 
propitious", and Dr. Weizmann meant to wait "until the military situation becomes clearer". 

Significantly, some of the men concerned in these publicly-unknown interviews seem to have sought 
to cover up their dates; at the time the fate of England was supposed to be their only preoccupation. I have 
already given one apparent instance of this: the confusion about the date of Mr. Balfour's second meeting 
with Dr. Weizmann, the one just described. Mr. Lloyd George, similarly, wrote that his first meeting with Dr. 
Weizmann occurred in 1917, when he was Prime Minister, and called it a "chance" one. Dr: Weizmann 
disdainfully corrected this: "actually Mr. Lloyd George's advocacy of the Jewish homeland long predated his 
accession to the premiership and we had several meetings in the interveningyears" . 

A third meeting with Mr. Balfour followed, "a tremendous talk which lasted several hours" and went 
off "extraordinarily well". Dr. Weizmann, once more, expressed his "hatred for Russia", England's hard- 
pressed ally. Mr. Balfour mildly wondered "how a friend of England could be so anti-Russian when Russia 
was doing so much to help England win the war". As on the earlier occasion, when he alluded to the anti- 
Zionist convictions of British Jews, he seems to have had no true intention to remonstrate, and concluded, 
"It is a great cause you are working for; you must come again and again" . 


Mr. Lloyd George also warned Dr. Weizmann that "there would undoubtedly be strong opposition 
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were for the most part against us". Strangely, this insinuation seems greatly to have impressed the Vigorous 
Protestants, who were mostly rich and powerful men, and they soon became as hostile to their fellow- 
countrymen, the Jews of England, as their importuner, Dr. Weizmann from Russia. 

Opposition to Zionism developed from another source. In the highest places still stood men who 
thought only of national duty and winning the war. They would not condone "hatred" of a military ally or 
espouse a wasteful "sideshow" in Palestine. These men were Mr. Herbert Asquith (Prime Minister), Lord 
Kitchener (Secretary for War), Sir Douglas Haig (who became Commander-in-Chief in France), and Sir 
William Robertson (Chief-of-Staff in France, later Chief of the Imperial General Staff). 

Mr. Asquith was the last Liberal leader in England who sought to give "Liberalism" a meaning 
concordant with national interest and religious belief, as opposed to the meaning which the term has been 
given in the last four decades (the one attributed to it by the Protocols: "When we introduced into the State 
organism the poison of Liberalism its whole political complexion underwent a change; States have been 
seized with a mortal illness, blood-poisoning . . ."). With his later overthrow Liberalism, in the first sense, died 
in England; and in fact the party itself fell into decline and collapsed, leaving only a name used chiefly as 
"cover" by Communism and its legion of "utopian dreamers". 

Mr. Asquith first learned of the intrigue that was brewing when he received a proposal for a Jewish 
state in Palestine from a Jewish minister, Mr. Herbert Samuel, who had been present at the Weizmann-Lloyd 
George breakfast in December 1914; these two were informed of it beforehand. Mr. Asquith wrote, ". . . 
Samuel's proposal in favour of the British annexation of Palestine, a country of the size of Wales, much of it 
barren mountain and part of it waterless. He thinks we might plant in this not very promising territory about 
three or four million Jem. . . I am not attracted to this proposed addition to our responsibilities. . . The only other 
partisan of this proposal is Lloyd George, and I need not say that he does not care a damn for the Jews or 
their part of the future. . ." 

Mr. Asquith (who correctly summed-up Mr. Lloyd George) remained of the same opinion to the end. 
Ten years later, when long out of office, he visited Palestine, and wrote, "This talk of making Palestine a 
Jewish National Home seems to me just as fantastic as it has always been". In 1915, by his adverse response, 
he made himself, and his removal from office, the object of the intrigue. As long as he could he kept his 
country out of the Palestinian adventure; he accepted the opinion of the military leaders, that the war could 
only be won (if at all) on the main battlefield, in Europe. 


Lord Kitchener, who held this view, was of immense authority and public popularity. The paramount 
military objective at that stage, he held, was to keep Russia in the war (the Zionists wanted Russia's 
destruction and so informed the Vigorous Protestants). Lord Kitchener was sent to Russia by Mr. Asquith in 
June 1916. The cruiser Hampshire, and Lord Kitchener in it, vanished. Good authorities concur that he was 
the one man who might have sustained Russia. A formidable obstacle, both to the world-revolution there and 
to the Zionist enterprise, disappeared. Probably Zionism could not have been foisted on the West, had he 
lived. I remember that the soldiers on the Western Front, when they heard the news, felt that they had lost a 
major battle. Their intuition was truer than they knew. 

After that only Asquith, Robertson, Haig and the Jews of England stood between Zionism and its 
goal. The circle of intrigue widened. The Times and Sunday Times joined the Manchester Guardian in its 
enthusiasm for Zionism, and in or around the Cabinet new men added themselves to Balfour and Lloyd 
George. Lord Milner (about to join it) announced that "if the Arabs think that Palestine will become an Arab 
country they are much mistaken"; at that moment Colonel Lawrence was rousing the Arabs to revolt against 
an enemy of the Allies, the Turk. Mr. Philip Kerr (Later Lord Lothian, at that time Mr. Lloyd George's 
amanuensis) decided that "a Jewish Palestine" must come out of the chastisement of "the mad dog in Berlin" 
(as the Kaiser was depicted to "the mob"). Sir Mark Sykes, Chief Secretary of the War Cabinet, was "one of 
our greatest finds" (Dr. Weizmann), and broadened the idea into "the liberation of the Jews, the Arabs and 
the Armenians". 

By means of such false suggestions is "the multitude" ever and again "persuaded". The Arabs and 
Armenians were where they always had been and did not aspire to be removed elsewhither. The Jews in 
Europe were as free or unfree as other men; the Jews of Palestine had demonstrated their eagerness to go to 
Uganda, the Jews of Europe and America wanted to stay where they were, and only the Judaized Khazars of 
Russia, under their Talmudic directors, wanted possession of Palestine. Sir Mark's invention of this formula 
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akin. Unlike the other Vigorous Protestants, he was an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and must have known 

Another recruit, Lord Robert Cecil, also used this deceptive formula, "Arabia for the Arabs, Judea for 
the Jews, Armenia for the Armenians" (Armenian liberation was quite lost sight of in the later events), and his 
case also is curious, for statesmanship is inborn in the Cecils. Zionism had strange power to produce 
aberrations in wise men. Mr. Balfour (a half Cecil) had a Cecilian wisdom in other matters; he produced a 
paper on the reorganization of Europe after the war which stands today as a model of prudent statesmanship, 
whereas in the question of Zionism he was as a man drugged. 


Lord Cecil's case is similarly unaccountable. I remember a lecture he gave in Berlin (in the 1930's) 
about the League of Nations. Tall, stooped, hawk-visaged, ancestrally gifted, he uttered warnings about the 
future as from some mountain-top of revelation, and sepulchrally invoked "the Hebrew prophets". As a 
young journalist I was much impressed without comprehending what he meant. Today, when I have learned a 
little, it is still mysterious to me; if Jeremiah, for instance, was anything he was an anti-Zionist. 

Yet Dr. Weizmann says specifically of Lord Robert, "To him the re-establishment of a Jewish 
Homeland in Palestine and the organisation of the world in a great federation were complementary features of the next step in 
the management of human affairs. . . One of the founders of the league of Nations, he considered the Jewish Homeland to be of 
equal importance with the League itself. 

Here the great secret is out; but did Lord Robert discern it? The conquest of Palestine for the Zionists 
from Russia was but "the next step" in "the management of human affairs" (Lord Acton's dictum about "the 
design" and "the managers" recurs to mind). The "world federation" is depicted as a concurrent part of the 
same plan. The basic theory of that league, in its various forms, has proved to be that nations should surrender 
their sovereignty, so that separate nationhood will disappear (this, of course, is also the basic principle of the 
Protocols). But if nations are to disappear, why should the process of their obliteration begin with the 
creation of one new nation, unless it is to be the supreme authority in "the management of human affairs" 
(this conception of the one supreme nation runs alike through the Old Testament, the Talmud, the Protocols 
and literal Zionism). 

Thus Lord Robert's espousal of Zionism becomes incomprehensible, for his inherited wisdom made 
him fully aware of the perils of world-despotism and at that very period he wrote to Mr. House in America: 

"That we ought to make some real effort to establish a peace machinery when this war is over, I have 

no doubt. . . One danger seems to me to be that too much will be aimed at Nothing did more harm to 

the cause of peace than the breakdown of the efforts after Waterloo in this direction. It is now generally 
forgotten that the Holy Alliance was originally started as a league to Enforce 'Peace. Unfortunately, it allowed its 
energies to be diverted in such a way that it really became a league to uphold tyranny, with the consequence that it 
was generally discredited, besides doing infinite harm in other ways . . . The example shows how easily the best 
intended schemes may come to grief. 

The quotation shows that Lord Cecil should have been aware of the danger of "diverting energies"; it 
also shows that he misunderstood the nature of Zionism, if the opinion attributed to him by Dr. Weizmann is 
correct. When he wrote these words, a new '"League to Enforce Peace" was being organized in America by 
Mr. House's own brother-in-law. Dr. Mezes; it was the precursor of the various world-government flotations 
that have followed, in which the intention of 

[250] powerful groups to set up "a league to uphold tyranny" in the world has been plainly revealed. 

Thus, as the second twelvemonth of the First World War ended, the Vigorous Protestants, who looked 
toward Palestine, not Europe, were a numerous band of brothers, husking the Russian-Zionist core. Messrs. 
Leopold Amery, Ormsby-Gore and Ronald Graham joined the "friends" above named. Zionism had its foot 
in every department of government save the War Office. Whatever the original nature of their enthusiasm for 
Zionism, material rewards at this stage undeniably beckoned; the intrigue was aimed at dislodging men from 
office and taking their places. 

The obstructive prime minister, Mr. Asquith, was removed at the end of 1916. The pages of yesterday 
now reveal the way this was done, and the passage of time enables the results to be judged. The motive 
offered to the public masses was that Mr. Asquith was ineffective in prosecuting the war. The sincerity of the 
contention may be tested by what followed; the first act of his successors was to divert forces to Palestine 
and in the sequence to that Mr. Lloyd George nearly lost the war entirely. 

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On November 25, 1916 Mr. Lloyd George recommended that his chief retire from the chairmanship 
of the War Council in favour of Mr. Lloyd George. Normally such a demand would have been suicidal, but 
this was a coalition government and the Liberal Mr. Lloyd George was supported in his demand by the 
Conservative leaders, Mr. Bonar Law and Sir Edward Carson, so that it was an ultimatum. (These two 
presumably had honest faith in Mr. Lloyd George's superior abilities; they cannot be suspected of Tory 
duplicity deep enough to foresee that he would ultimately destroy the Liberal Party!) 

Mr. Lloyd George also required that the incompetent (and Conservative) Mr. Balfour be ousted from 
the First Lordship of the Admiralty. The Liberal prime minister indignantly refused either to surrender the 
War Council or to dismiss Mr. Balfour (December 4). He then received Mr. Balfour's resignation, whereon he at 
once sent Mr. Balfour a copy of his own letter refusing to dismiss Mr. Balfour. Thereon Mr. Balfour, though 
kept indoors by a bad cold, found strength to send another letter in which he insisted on resigning, as Mr. 
Lloyd George had demanded, and Mr. Lloyd George also resigned: 

Mr. Asquifh was left alone. On December 6 Mr. Balfour (resigned at Mr. Lloyd George's dictate) felt well 
enough to receive Mr. Lloyd George. That afternoon the party leaders met and announced that they would 
gladly serve under Mr. Balfour. Mr. Balfour declined but offered gladly to serve under Mr. l^loyd George. Mr. 
Lloyd George then became Prime Minister and appointed the incompetent Mr. Balfour Foreign Secretary. 
Thus the two men privily committed to support Zionism moved into the highest political offices and from 
that moment the energies of the British Government were directed to the procurement of Palestine for the 
Zionists above all other purposes. (In 1952 I read a letter in the Jewish 

[251] journal Commentary, of New York, intimating that the Jews of North Wales had by their votes played the 
decisive part in effecting Mr. Lloyd George's election. I am credibly informed, also, that in his attorney's 
practice he received much Zionist business, but cannot myself vouch for that. In his case the explanation of 
venal motives cannot be discounted, in my judgment; the inaccuracy of his statements about his relations 
with Zionism, which Dr. Weizmann twice corrects, is suggestive). 

Thus the central figures on the stage regrouped themselves. Mr. Lloyd George, a small, smart-lawyer in 
a cutaway among taller colleagues, many still in the old frock coat, looked like a cocksparrow among crows. 
Beside him stood Mr. Balfour, tall, limp, ever ready with a wearily cynical answer to an honest question, given 
to a little gentle tennis; I see him now, strolling dreamily across Saint James's Park to the House. Around 
these two, the Greek chorus of cabinet ministers, junior ministers and high officials who had discovered their 
Vigorous Protestantism. Some of these fellow-travellers of Zion may have been honestly deluded, and not 
have realized in what chariot they rode. Mr. Lloyd George was the first major figure in a long line of others 
who knew a band-wagon when they saw one; through them the innocent words, "twentieth century 
politician", gained an ominous meaning and the century owes much of its ordeal to them. 

As to the diversion of British military strength to an alien purpose, one stout resistant alone remained 
after the death of Lord Kitchener and removal of Mr. Asquith. The sturdy figure of Sir William Robertson 
faced the group around Mr. Lloyd George. Had he joined it, he could have had titles, receptions, freedoms, 
orders, gilt boxes, and ribbons down to his waistbelt; he could have had fortunes for "the rights" of anything 
he wrote (or any ghost for him); he could have had boulevards named after him and have paraded through 
cheering cities in Europe and America; he could have had Congress and the House of Commons rise to him 
and have entered Jerusalem on a white horse. He did not even receive a peerage, and is rare among British 
field marshals in this. 

He was the only man ever to have risen to that highest rank from private. In England of the small 
professional army this was a great achievement. He was simple, honest, heavy, rugged in feature; he was of 
the people and looked like a handsome sergeant-major. His only support, in his struggle, lay in the 
commander in France, Sir Douglas Haig, who was of the cavalry officer caste, goodlooking and soldierly, the 
private soldier's ideal of what an officer should bee. Robertson, the gruff old soldier, had (reluctantly) to 
attend some of the money-raising festivities with which society ladies, in wartime, keep themselves occupied, 
and at one such saw Lady Constance Stewart Richardson, who felt moved to perform dances in the draperies 
and manner of Isadora Duncan. A general, noticing Robertson's impatience, said, "You must admit she has a 
very fine leg". "Umph, just like any other damn leg", growled Robertson. 

On this last man felt the task of thwarting the diversion of British armies to 
[252] Palestine, if he could. He considered all proposals exclusively in their military bearing on the war and 
victory; if it would help win the war, motive was to him indifferent; if it would not, he opposed it without 
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"sideshow" which could only delay and imperil victory. He never discussed and may not even have suspected 
any political implications; these were irrelevant to him. 

He had told Mr. Asquith in 1915, "Obviously the most effective method" (of defeating the Central 
Powers) "is to defeat decisively the main German armies, which are still on the Western Front". Therefore he counselled 
urgently against, 'Wx'j&zry campaigns in minor theatres and the depletion of the forces in France. . . The one touchstone by 
which all plans and proposals must be tested is their bearing on the object of the war". 

Peoples engaged in war, are fortunate if their leaders reason like this, and unfortunate if they deviate 
from this reasoning. By that conclusive logic the Palestinian enterprise (a political one) was out. When Mr. 
Lloyd George became prime minister he at once bent all his efforts on diverting strength to a major campaign 
in Palestine: "When I formed my government I at once raised with the War Office the question of a further 
campaign into Palestine. Sir William Robertson, who was most anxious to avert the danger of any troops being 
sent from France to Palestine. . . strongly opposed this and for the time being won his point" . 

Sir William Robertson corroborates: "Up to December 1916" (when Mr. Lloyd George became prime 
minister) "operations beyond the Suez Canal had been essentially defensive in principle, the government and 
General Staff alike. . . recognising the paramount importance of the struggle in Europe and the need to give the armies there the 
utmost support. This unanimity between ministers and soldiers did not obtain after the premiership changed hands. . . The 
fundamental difference of opinion was particularly obtrusive in the case of Palestine. . . The new War Cabinet had been in 
existence only a few days when it directed the General Staff to examine the possibility of extending the operations in Palestine. . . 
The General Staff put the requirements at three additional divisions and these could only be obtained from the armies on the 
Western Front. . . The General Staff said the project would prove a great source of embarrassment and injure our prospects of 
success in France. . . These conclusions were disappointing to Ministers, . . . who wished to see Palestine occupied at 
once, but they could not be refuted ... In February the War Cabinet again approached the Chief of the General 
Staff, asking what progress was being made with the preparation of an autumn campaign in Palestine". 

These passages show how the course of State policy and of military operations in war may be 
"deflected" by political pressure behind the scenes. In this case, the issue of the battle between the politicians 
and the soldier affects the lives of 
[253] nations at the present time, the 1950's. 

Mr. Lloyd George then reinforced himself by a move which once more shows the long thought that 
must have gone into the preparation of this enterprise, and the careful selection of "administrators", to 
support it, that must have gone before. He proposed that the War Cabinet "take the Dominions into counsel 
in a much larger measure than hitherto in the prosecution of the war". Put in that way, the idea appealed 
greatly to the public masses in England. Fighting-men from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South 
Africa were campaigning shoulder to shoulder with their own sons. The immediate response of the overseas 
countries to the "old country's" danger had touched the native Briton's heart, and he was very happy that 
their leaders should join more closely with his own in "prosecuting the war". 

However, "the diplomat's word" (and his intention) differed greatly from his deed; Mr. Lloyd George's 
proposal was merely a "cover" for bringing to London General Smuts from South Africa, who was regarded 
by the Zionists as their most valuable "friend" outside Europe and America, and General Smuts was brought 
across to propose the conquest of Palestine! 

The voting-population in South Africa is so equally divided between Afrikaners and English-speaking 
South Africans that the "fluctuating 20 percent" was, if anything, more decisive there than in America. The 
Zionists felt able, and possibly General Smuts believed they were able, to "deliver" an election-winning vote. 
One of his colleagues, a Mr. B.K. Long (a Smuts Member of Parliament and earlier of the London Times) 
wrote that "the substantial Jewish vote, which was firmly loyal to Smuts and his party", greatly helped him to 
such electoral victories. His biography mentions a large legacy from "a rich and powerful Jew" (an example of 
the falsity of Dr. Weizmann's charge against rich and powerful Jews; apropos, the same Sir Henry Strakosch 
bequeathed a similar gift to Mr. Winston Churchill) and gifts from some unnamed quarter of a house and car. 
Thus the party-political considerations which weighed with him were similar to those of Mr. Lloyd George, 
Mr. House and later others, and material factors are reasonably apparent in his case. 

However, the religious (or pseudo-religious) motive is frequently invoked in his biographies (as it was 
sometimes claimed by Mr. Lloyd George). They state that he preferred the Old Testament to the New, and 
quote him as saying, "The older I get the more of an Hebraist I become". I met him many years later, when I 
knew how important a part he played in this earlier story. He was then (1948) much troubled about the 
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erect when nearly eighty, keen-eyed, and wore a litde beard. He was ruthless and on occasion could have been 
depicted in a cruel light (had the mass-newspapers been arrayed against instead of behind him) and his 
political astuteness equalled Mr. Lloyd George's. Propaganda portrayed him as the great architect of Anglo- 
Boer reconciliation; 

[254] when he died at his lonely Transvaal farm the two races were more at variance than ever, so that true 
reconciliation remained for later generations to effect. In South Africa he was a divisive force and all knew 
that the real power behind his party was that of the gold and diamond mining group, not of England; 
Johannesburg was the base of his political strength. In 1948, when the test came, he was the first to support 
Zionism against a hard-pressed British Government. 

On March 17, 1917 General Smuts reached London, amid unprecedented ovations, and the overthrow 
of Sir William Robertson at last loomed near. General Smuts's triumphant reception was an early example of 
the now familiar "build-up" of selected public figures by a push-button press. The method, in another form, 
is known among the primitive peoples of his native Africa, where "M'Bongo", the Praisemaker, stalks before 
the chief, proclaiming him "Great Elephant, Earth Shaker, Stabber of Heaven" and the like. 

General Smuts was presented to the Imperial War Cabinet as "one of the most brilliant generals of the 
war" (Mr. Lloyd George). General Smuts had in fact conducted a small colonial campaign in South West 
Africa, and when he was summoned to London was waging an uncompleted one in East Africa against "a 
small but efficiently bush-trained army of 2,000 German officers and 20,000 native askaris" (his son, Mr. J.C. 
Smuts). The tribute thus was generous (Mr. Lloyd George's opinion of professional soldiers was low: "There 
is no profession where experience and training count less in comparison with judgment and flair") . 

By that time, the better to seclude themselves from "the generals" (other than General Smuts) Mr. 
Lloyd George and his small war-waging committee had taken a private house "where they sit twice a day and 
occupy their whole time with military policy, which is my job; a little body of politicians, quite ignorant of war 
and all its needs, are trying to run the war themselves" (Sir William Robertson). To this cloistered body, in 
April 1917, General Smuts by invitation presented his recommendations for winning the war. It was couched 
in this form: "The Palestine campaign presents very interesting military and even political possibilities . . . There remains for 
consideration the far more important and complicated question of the Western Front. I have always looked on it 
as a misfortune. . . . that the British forces have become so entirely absorbed by this front". (When this advice was tendered 
Russia was in collapse, the transfer of German armies to the Western Front was an obvious and imminent 
event, and the threat to that front had suddenly increased to the size of a deadly peril). 

This recommendation gave Mr. Lloyd George the high military support (from East Africa) which he 
needed, and he at once had the War Cabinet order the military commander in Egypt to attack towards 
Jerusalem. General Murray objected that his forces were insufficient and was removed. Thereon the command 
was offered to General Smuts, whom Mr. Lloyd George considered "likely to prosecute a campaign in that 
quarterwith great determination". 


Sir William Robertson then won his greatest victory of the war. He had a talk with General Smuts. His 
visitor's qualities as a general can never be estimated because he never had an opportunity to test them, in the 
small campaigns in which he served. His qualities as a politician, however, are beyond all doubt; he was the 
wariest of men, and strongly averse to exchanging the triumphs of London for the risk of a fiasco in the field 
which might destroy his political future in South Africa. Therefore, after his talk with Sir William Robertson, 
he declined Mr. Lloyd George's offer. (As events turned out he would have been spared the fiasco, but that 
was unforeseeable, and thus one more conqueror missed the chance of entering Jerusalem on a charger. As 
politicians habitually love such moments, despite the comic aspect which time often gives them, he later 
regretted this: "To have entered Jerusalem! What a memory!"). At the time he told Mr. Lloyd George, "My 
strong conviction is that our present military situation does not really justify an offensive campaign for the capture of 
Jerusalem and the occupation of Palestine". 

Mr. Lloyd George was not to be deterred even by this volte-face, or by the collapse of Russia and the 
new danger in the West. In September 1917 he decided that "the requisite troops for a big campaign in 
Palestine could be spared from the Western Front during the winter of 1917-1918 and could complete the task in Palestine in 
time to be back in France for the opening of active work in the spring". 

Only God can have preserved Mr. Lloyd George's fellow countrymen from the full penalties of this 
decision. The war could not be won in Palestine; it still could be lost in France, and the danger was grave. But 
Mr. Lloyd George, failed even by General Smuts, had found military support at last, for at this moment 
another figure, crying "mud-months", advanced from the wings of the central stage. 

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This was one Sir Henry Wilson, who thus portrays himself during a wartime mission to Russia in 
January 1917: "Gala dinner at the Foreign Office. . . I wore the Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour and 
the Star and Necklace of the Bath, also Russian shoulder-straps and grey astrakhan cap, and altogether I was a 
fine picture of a man. I created quite a sensation at the Foreign Office dinner and the reception afterwards. I 
was much taller than the Grand Duke Serge and altogether a 'notable', as I was told. Superb!" 

To this man, posturing against the tragic Russian background, Mr. Lloyd George and Zionism owed 
their golden opportunity, arrived at last, and England very nearly a catastrophe. Sir Henry Wilson was very 
tall, thin, smooth and smiling; one of those dapper, polished-leather-bound, red-tabbed, beribboned and 
brass-edged elegants of the Staff who discouraged the muddied, trenchweary soldiers in France. He spoke 
native French (by the chance of a French governess) and on this account "Henri" was beloved by the French 
generals, who thought him refreshingly free from English stiffness (indeed, he was an Irishman and on Irish 
questions disagreed with other Irishmen, by two of whom he was shot on his London doorstep in 1922, they 
being hanged). 


Sir Henry earlier had agreed with all other military leaders about the paramountcy of the main front 
and the madness of wasteful "sideshows" and excelled others in the vigour with which he stated this 
principle: "The way to end this war is to kill Germans, not Turks, . . The place where we can kill most 
Germans is here" (France) "and therefore every pound of ammunition we have in the world ought to come here. All history 
shows that operations in a secondary and ineffectual theatre have no bearing on major operations except to weaken the forces there 
engaged" (1915). 

No staff graduate, or any fighting private, would dispute that. Sir Henry cannot by 1917 have 
discovered any military reason to abandon this basic principle of war for its opposite. The explanation of his 
volt-face can only be the obvious one. He had observed the rise of Zion and the nature of Mr. Lloyd 
George's dispute with his own chief, Sir William Robertson. Sir Henry saw the way to occupy Sir William's 
shoes. Hence Dr. Weizmann's account of his "discoveries of friends" at that period include an allusion to the 
"sympathy" of General Wilson, "a great friend of Lloyd George". On August 23, 1917 Sir Henry reported to 
Mr. Lloyd George "the strong belief that if a really good scheme was thoroughly well worked out, we could 
clear the Turks out of Palestine and very likely knock them completely out during the mud-months without in any 
way interfering with Haig's operations next spring and winter" (in France). 

In this report Mr. Lloyd George at long last found the support he needed for his order of September 
1917, quoted six paragraphs back. He seized on the alluring phrase "mud-months"; it gave him a military 
argument! General Wilson explained to him that these "mud-months" in France, which by bogging down the 
armies would preclude a major German offensive while they continued, comprized "five months of mud and 
snow from the middle of November to the middle of April" (1918). On this counsel Mr. Lloyd George founded 
his decision to take from France "the requisite troops for a big campaign in Palestine" and to have them back 
in France in time for any emergency there. As to that, General Wilson, alone among military leaders, advised 
Mr. Lloyd George that the big German attack probably would never happen (it came in the middle of March). 

Sir William Robertson vainly pointed out that the time-table was illusory; the movement of armies 
entailed major problems of transport and shipping, and by the time the last divisions landed in Palestine the 
first ones would be re-embarking! In October he again warned that troops taken from France could not be back 
there in time for summer fighting: "the right military course to pursue is to act on the defensive in Palestine. . . and 
continue to seek a decision in the West . . . all reserves should be sent to the Western Front". 

At that fateful instant chance, ever the arch-conspirator in this story, struck in favour of the Zionists. 
Cabinet Ministers in London (who apparently had almost forgotten the Western Front) were badgering Sir 
William Robertson to "give us Jerusalem as a Christmas box" (the phrase appears to reveal again the 
[257] "extraordinary flippancy" about the war which Dr. Weizmann earlier attributed to Mr. Lloyd George). 
In Palestine General Allenby, under similar pressure, made a probing advance, found to his surprise that the 
Turks offered little opposition, and without much difficulty marched into Jerusalem. 

The prize was of no military value, in the total sum of the war, but Mr. Lloyd George thenceforward 
was not to be restrained. Troops were diverted from France without regard to what impended there. On 
January 6, 1918 Sir Douglas Haig complained of the weakening of his armies in France on the eve of the 
greatest battle; he was "114,000 infantry down". On fanuary 10,1918 the War Office was forced to issue 
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A free press might at that period have given Sir William Robertson the backing he needed, in public 
opinion, to avert all this. He was denied that, too, for at that stage the state of affairs foretold by the 
Protocols of 1905 was being brought about: "We must compel the governments ... to take action in the 
direction favoured by our widely-conceived plan. . . by what we shall represent as public opinion, secretly 
prompted by us through the means of that so-called 'Great Power', the Press, which, with a few exceptions 
that may be disregarded, is already entirely in our hands". Writers of great repute were ready to inform the 
public of the imminent danger; they were not allowed to speak. 

Colonel Repington, of The Times, was the best-known military writer of that day; his reputation in this 
field was the highest in the world. He noted in his diary, "This is terrible and will mean the reduction of our 
infantry in France by a quarter and confusion in all our infantry at the moment of coming crisis. I have never felt 
so miserable since the war began. . . I can say very little because the editor of The Times often manipulates my 
criticisms or does not publish them. . .If The Times does not return to its independent line and act as watchdog of 
the public I shall wash my hands of it". 

When the fulfilment of his warnings was at hand, Sir William Robertson was removed. Mr. Lloyd 
George, resolved to obtain authority for his Palestinian adventure, put his plan to the Supreme War Council 
of the Allies at Versailles, whose technical advisers, in January 1918, approved it "subject to the Western Front 
being made secure". Sir William Robertson, at M. Clemenceau's request, restated his warning that it would 
mortally endanger the Western Front. When the meeting broke up Mr. Lloyd George angrily rebuked him and 
he was at once supplanted by Sir Henry Wilson. 

Before he left his post he used his last moments in it to make a final attempt to avert the coming 
disaster. He went (also in January) to Paris to ask help from General Pershing, the American commander, in 
replenishing the depleted front (only four and a half American divisions then had reached France). General 
Pershing, a soldier true to his duty, made the reply which Sir William expected and would himself have made 
in General Pershing's place: "He shrewdly 

[258] observed that it was difficult to reconcile my request for assistance in defence of the Western Front with 
Mr. George ' s desire to act offensively in Palestine. There was, unfortunately, no answer to that argument, except that, 
so far as I was personally concerned, not a man or gun would be sent to Palestine from anywhere". 

After that Sir William Robertson was no longer "concerned". His account differs from the memoirs of 
Mr. Lloyd George and other politicians in that it shows no rancour; his sole theme is duty. Of his treatment he 
merely says, "It had frequently been my unpleasant duty during 1917 to object to military enterprises which 
the Prime Mnister wished the army to carry out and this opposition had doubtless determined him to try 
another Chief of the Imperial General Staff. . . On the point of supersession, therefore, there was nothing to say 
and I said nothing". Thus an admirable man passes from this story of many lesser men, but his work endured, 
because, up to the time of his dismissal, he may have saved just enough men and guns for the crumbling line 
to hold at the last extremity, in March, as a rending hawser may hold by a single thread. 

When he was gone two men outside the government and army continued the struggle, and their efforts 
deserve record because theirs were among the last attempts to preserve the principle of free, independent and 
vigilant reporting. Colonel Repington was a former cavalry officer, an admirer of pretty women, a lover of 
good talk, a beau sabreur. His diaries give a lasting picture of the frothy life of the drawing-rooms that went on 
while armies fought in France and in London intriguers conspired in the political antechambers. He enjoyed 
it and although he felt its incongruity he realized that gloom alone was no remedy. He was as honest and 
patriotic as Robertson, and incorruptible; lavish offers (which might have lured him into silence, and possibly 
were so intended) had no effect on him. 

He wrote, "We are feeding over a million men into the sideshow theatres of war and are letting down 
our strengths in France at a moment when all the Boche forces from Russia may come against us ... I am unable to get the 
support from the editor of The Times that I must have to rouse the country and I do not think I will be able to go on with him 
much longer". (I discovered Colonel Repington's diaries through my work on this book and then realized that 
his experience was identical with mine, just twenty years later, with the same editor). A month later he wrote, 
"In a stormy interview I told Mr. Geoffrey Dawson that his subservience to the War Cabinet during this year 
was largely the cause of the dangerous position of our army ... I would have nothing more to do with The Times". 

This left one man in England who was able and willing to publish the truth. Mr. H.A. Gwynne, of the 
Morning Tost, printed Colonel Repington's article, which exposed the weakening of the French front on the 
eve of its attack, without submitting it to the censor. He and Colonel Repington then were prosecuted, tried 
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[259] retribution). Sir William Robertson wrote to Colonel Repington, "Like yourself, I did what was best in 
the general interests of the country and the result has been exacdy what I expected . . . But the great thing is to 
keep on a straight course and then one may be sure that good will eventually come of what may now seem to be evil". * 

Thus the two wartime years of Mr. Lloyd George's leadership in England were momentous in their 
effects on the present time, and I believe I have shown how he achieved office and what paramount purpose 
he pursued through it. After eighteen months he had overcome all opposition, diverted a mass of men from 
France to Palestine, and was ready at last for the great venture. 

On March 7, 1918 he gave orders for "a decisive campaign" to conquer all Palestine, and sent General 
Smuts there to instruct General Allenby accordingly. 

On March 21, 1918 the long-awaited German attack in France began, embodying all the men, guns and 
aircraft released from the Russian front. 

The "decisive campaign" in Palestine was immediately suspended and every man who could be 
squeezed out of Palestine was rushed to France. The total number of men employed in Palestine was 
1,192,511 -op to October 1918 (General Robertson). 

On March 27, 1918 Colonel Repington wrote, "This is the worst defeat in the history of the army". By 
June 6 the Germans claimed 1 75,000 prisoners and over 2,000 guns. 

At that point the truth was shown of the last words above quoted from Sir William Robertson's letter 
to Colonel Repington, and they are of continuing hopeful augury to men of goodwill today. By keeping on a 
straight course he had saved enough for the line to hold, at breaking point, until the Americans began to 
arrive in strength. Therewith the war was virtually at an end. Clearly, if Russia had been sustained, the 
Palestinian excursion avoided, and strength concentrated in France it could have been concluded earlier, and 
probably without the "entanglement" of America. However, that would not have furthered the great plan for 
"the management of human affairs". 

At this point in the tale I write with the feelings of a participant, and they probably influence what I 
have written of the long earlier story, because the effects, as I have seen them in my generation, appear to me 
to be bad. I recall the great German attack of March 21, 1918; I saw it from the air and on the ground and 
was in the fighting for the first month, until I was removed by stretcher. I remember Sir Douglas Haig's 
order, that every man must fight and die where he stood; it was posted on the walls of my squadron's mess. I 
have no complaints 

* In the sequel to all this Sir Edward Carson, who had unwittingly helped Mr. Lloyd George into the premiership, 
resigned from the government and told the editor of The Times that it was but Mr. Lloyd George's mouthpiece, the Morning 
Post being the truly independent paper. Mr. Gwynne told Colonel Repington that the government wished to destroy the 
Morning Post "as it is one of the few independent papers left". Before the Second War came it 'was "destroyed", as already 
related. After that only one weekly publication survived in England which, in my opinion, for many years sought to uphold 
the principle of impartial and independent reporting, but in 1953 Truth too, was by a change of ownership brought into 

[260] about the experience, and would not delete it from my life if I could. Now that I have come to see by 
what ulterior means and motives it was all brought about, I think coming generations might be a little better 
able to keep Sir William Robertson's "straight course", and so to ensure that good will eventually come of 
what seems to them to be evil, if they know a little more of what went on then and has continued since. This 
is my reason for writing the present book. 

As a result of the victory in Europe the coveted territory in Palestine was at length acquired. But it is 
one thing to acquire land and another to build something on it. On this land a Zionist "homeland" was to be 
erected, then a "state" (and last a "commonwealth"?). None of these things could be done by England alone. 
No precedent existed for the donation of Arabian territory, by a European conqueror, to an Asiatic 
beneficiary. For such a transaction other nations had to be co-opted, many nations, and a company 
promoted, so that it might be given the semblance of honest business. In fact, a "league of nations" was 
required, and America, above all, had to be "entangled". This other part of the plan was also in preparation; 
while British armies seized the tract of land desired, the smart lawyers had been looking for ways to amend 
the rightful title deeds to it, float a company and generally promote the undertaking. 

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Mr. Lloyd George had served his turn and his day was nearly done. The reader may now turn his eyes 
across the Atlantic and see what Mr. House, Mr. Brandeis and Rabbi Stephen Wise have been up to. A Mr. 
Woodrow Wilson plays a shadowy part in these proceedings. 

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Chapter 31 


Such words as "conspiracy" and "intrigue", often used in this narrative, are not original with me; they 
come from authoritative sources. Mr. Arthur D. Howden, who wrote his biography in consultation with the 
man depicted, supplies the chapter title above; he describes the process of which Mr. House was (in America) 
the centre during the 1914-1918 war in the words, "a web of intrigue was spun across the Atlantic". 

In England the Lloyd George government and in America the president were at first separately 
enmeshed. Between 1914 and 1917 these "webs" in London and Washington were joined together by the 
transoceanic threads which Mr. Howden depicts in the spinning. Thereafter the two governments were 
caught in the same web and have never since freed themselves from it. 

In President Wilson's America the real president was Mr. House ("liaison officer between the Wilson 
administration and the Zionist movement", Rabbi Wise). Mr. Justice Brandeis, who had decided to "give his 
life" to Zionism, was the president's "adviser on the Jewish question" (Dr. Weizmann); this is the first 
appearance in the Presidential household of an authority theretofore unknown in it and now apparently 
permanent. The chief Zionist organizer was Rabbi Wise, constantly in touch with the two other men. 

Mr. House (and Mr. Bernard Baruch), chose the president's cabinet officers, so that one of them had 
to introduce himself to Mr. Wilson thus: "My name is Lane, Mr. President, I believe I am the Secretary of the 
Interior". The president lived at the White House in Washington but was frequently seen to visit a small 
apartment in East 35th Street, New York, where a Mr. House lived. In time this led to pointed questions and 
one party-man was told, "Mr. House is my second personality; he is my independent self. His thoughts and 
mine are one". Mr. House was often in Washington, where he conducted the president's interviews and 
correspondence, and, stopping cabinet officers outside the cabinet room, instructed them what to say inside 
it. Even from New York he directed America by means of private telephone lines linking him with 
Washington: "it is only necessary to lift off the receiver and I reach the Secretary of State's desk immediately". 

The president's assent to acts of State policy was not required. Mr. House "did not expect affirmative 
commendation ... if the President did not object, I knew that it was safe to go ahead". Thus Mr. Wilson had 
to express dissent, to delay or amend any action (and immediately after election he had been made to promise 
"not to act independently in future"). 

In 1914 Mr. House, who in 1900 had resolved to extend his power from Texan to national politics, 
prepared to take over international affairs: "he wanted to exercise his energy in a broader field. . . From the 
beginning of 1914 he gave more and more thought to what he regarded as the highest form of politics and 
[262] that for which he was peculiarly suited: international affairs". In fact, Texan upbringing did not so 
qualify Mr. House. In Texas the words "international affairs' had, in the public mind, a sound akin to 
"skunk", and there, more than anywhere in America, "the traditions of the 19th century still held the public 
mind; traditions which laid down, as the primary principle of American policy, a complete abstention from the 
political affairs of Europe" (Mr. Seymour). Mr. House, who somewhere in Texas had absorbed "the ideas of the 
revolutionaries of 1848" was to destroy that tradition, but this did not prove him "peculiarly suited" to 
intervene in "international affairs". 

Mr. House was of different type from the languid Mr. Balfour, with his background of Scottish hills 
and mists, and Mr. Lloyd George, the Artful Dodger of Zionism from Wales, but he acted as if he and they 
had together graduated from some occult academy of political machination. In 1914 he began to appoint 

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American ambassadors (as he says) and made his first calls on European governments as "a personal friend of 
the President". 

Mr. Seymour, his editor, says: "It would be difficult in all history to find another instance of diplomacy 
so unconventional and so effective. Colonel House, a private citizen, spreads all the cards on the table and 
concerts with the Ambassador of a foreign power the despatches to be sent to the American Ambassador and Foreign Minister of 
that power". Mr. Howden, his confidant, expatiates: "Mr. House had the initiative in what was done. . . The 
State Department was relegated to the status of an intermediary for his ideas, a depository of public records. Much of the 
more confidential diplomatic correspondence passed directly through the little apartment in East 35th Street. 
The Ambassadors of the belligerents called on him when they wanted to influence the Administration or sought 
assistance in the web of intrigue that was being spun across the Atlantic". 

Mr. House: "The life I am leading transcends in interest and excitement any romance. . . Information 
from every quarter of the globe pours into this little, unobtrusive study". Mr. Seymour again: "Cabinet 
members in search of candidates, candidates in search of positions made of his study a clearing house. 
Editors and journalists sought his opinion and despatches to the foreign press were framed almost at his 
dictation. United States Treasury officials, British diplomats. . . and metropolitan financiers came to his study to 
discuss their plans" . 

A rising man across the Atlantic also was interested in "financiers". Mrs. Beatrice Webb says that Mr. 
Winston Churchill, somewhat earlier, at a dinner party confided to her that "he looks to haute finance to keep 
the peace and for that reason objects to a self-contained Umpire as he thinks it would destroy this cosmopolitan 
capitalism, the cosmopolitan financier being the professional peacemaker of the modern world and to his mind 
the acme of civilization". Later events did not support this notion that leading financiers ("metropolitan" or 
[263] "cosmopolitan") were "professional peacemakers". 

Such was the American picture, behind-the-scenes in 1915 and 1916. The purpose of the ruling group 
whose web now began to span the Atlantic is shown by the events which followed. Mr. Asquith was 
overthrown in the pretext that his incompetency imperilled victory; Mr. Lloyd George risked total defeat by 
diverting armies to Palestine. Mr. Wilson was re-elected in the pretext that he, in the old tradition, would 
"keep America out of the war"; elected, at once involved America in the war. "The diplomat' s word" and his 
"deed" were different. 

Mr. House privately "concluded that war with Germany is inevitable" on May 30, 191 5, and in June 
1916 devised the election- winning slogan for Mr. Wilson's second campaign: "He kept us out of the war". 
Rabbi Stephen Wise, before the election, supported Mr. House's efforts: in letters to the President the rabbi 
"deplored his advocacy of a preparedness programme" and from public platforms he preached against war. 
All went as planned: "the House strategy worked perfectly" (Mr. Howden), and Mr. Wilson was triumphantly 

Mr. Wilson seems at that point to have believed the words put into his mouth. Immediately after the 
election he set up as a peacemaker and drafted a note to the belligerents in which he used the phrase, "the 
causes and objects of the war are obscure" . This was a culpable act of "independence" on the president's part, and 
Mr. House was furious. The harassed president amended the phrase to "the objects which the statesmen and 
the belligerents on both sides have in mind in this war are virtually the same". This made Mr. House even angrier, 
and Mr. Wilson's efforts to expose the nature of "the web" in which he was caught thereon expired. He 
remained in ignorance of what his next act was to be for a little, informing Mr. House on January 4, 1917, 
"There will be no war. This country does not intend to become involved in the war. . . It would be a crime against civilisation for 
us to go in ". 

The power-group moved to dispel these illusions as soon as Mr. Wilson's second inauguration was 
safely past January 20, 1917). Rabbi Stephen Wise informed the president of a change of mind; he was now 
"convinced that the time had come for the American people to understand that it might be our destiny to have part in the 
struggle". Mr. House (who during the "no war" election had noted, "We are on the verge of war") confided to 
his diary on February 12, 1917, "We are drifting into war as rapidly as I expected" (which gave a new meaning 
to the word "drift"). 

Then on March 27, 1917 President Wilson asked Mr. House "whether he should ask Congress to declare 
war or whether he should say that a state of war exists", and Mr. House "advised the latter", so that the American 
people were informed, on April 2, 1917, that a state of war existed. * Between November 1916 and April 1917, 
therefore, "the web of intrigue", spanning the ocean, achieved these decisive aims: the overthrow of Mr. 
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* Lord Sydenham, when he wrote of the "deadly accuracy" of the forecast in the "Protocols" of about 1900, might 
have had particularly in mind the passage, ". . . We shall invest the president with the right of declaring a state of war. We 
shall justify this last right on the ground that the president as chief of the whole army of the country must have it at his 
disposal in case of need". The situation here described became established practice during the present century. In 1950 
President Truman sent American troops into Korea, "to check Communist aggression", without consulting Congress. Later 
this was declared to be a "United Nations" war and they were joined by troops of seventeen other countries under an 
American commander, General MacArthur. This was the first experiment in a "world government"-type war and its course 
produced Senator Taft's question of 1952. "Do we really mean our anti-Communist policy?" General MacArthur was 
dismissed after protesting an order forbidding him to pursue Communist aircraft into their Chinese sanctuary and in 1953, 
under President Eisenhower, the war was broken off, leaving half of Korea in "the aggressor's" hands. General MacArthur 
and other American commanders later charged that the order forbidding pursuit was made known to the enemy by "a spy 
ring responsible for the purloining of my top secret reports to Washington" (Life, Feb. 7, 1956), and the Chinese 
Communist commander confirmed this {New York Daily News, Feb. 13, 1956). In June 1951 two British Foreign Office 
officials, Burgess and Maclean, disappeared and in September 1955 the British Government, after refusing information for 
four years, confirmed the general belief that they were in Moscow and "had spied for the Soviet Union over a long period". 
General MacArthur then charged that these two men had revealed the non-pursuit order to the Communist "aggressor" 
(Life, above-quoted). 

On April 4, 1956 President Eisenhower was asked by a reporter at his regular news conference whether he would 
order a United States marine battalion, then recently sent to the Mediterranean, into war "without asking Congress first" 
(by that time war in the Middle East was an obvious possibility). He answered angrily. "I have announced time and time 
again I will never be guilty of any kind of action that can be interpreted as war until the Congress, which has the 
constitutional authority". On January 3, 1957, the first major act of his second term, he sent a draft resolution to Congress 
designed to invest him with unlimited, standing authority to act militarily in the Middle East "to deter Communist armed 

[264] George, the commitment of British armies to the Palestinian diversion, the re-election of a president 
who would be constrained to support that enterprise, and the embroilment of America. 

The statement of existing war made to Congress said the purpose of the war (which Mr. Wilson, a few 
weeks before, had declared in his draft to be "obscure") was "to set up a new international order 1 '. Thus a new 
purpose was openly, though cryptically revealed. To the public masses the words meant anything or nothing. 
To the initiates they carried a commitment to support the plan, of which Zionism and Communism both 
were instruments, for establishing a "world federation" founded on force and the obliteration of nationhood, 
with the exception of one "nation" to be recreated. 

From this moment the power-groups in America and England worked in perfect synchronization, so 
that the two stories become one story, or one "web". The apparently powerful men in Washington and 
London co-ordinated their actions at the prompting of the inter-communicating Zionists on both sides of the 
ocean. Foreknowledge of what was to happen had earlier been displayed by Dr. Weizmann in London, who 
in March 1915 wrote to his ally, Mr. Scott of the Manchester Guardian, that he "understood" the British 
Government to be willing to support Zionist aspirations at the peace conference to come (the event also 
foretold by Max Nordau in 1903). This was exactly what Mr. Asquith would not consider, so that Dr. 
Weizmann, in March 1915, was already describing Mr. Asquith's supplanters of December 1916 as "the 
British Government". 

This "British Government", said Dr. Weizmann, would leave "the organization of the Jewish 
commonwealth' 'in Palestine "entirely to the care of the Jews". However, the Zionists could not possibly, even in 
a Palestine conquered 

[265] for them, have set up "a commonwealth" against the native inhabitants. They could only do that behind 
the protection of a great power and its armies. Therefore Dr. Weizmann (foretelling in 1915 exactly what was 
to happen in 1919 and the following two decades) considered that a British "protectorate" should be set up in 
Palestine (to protect the Zionist intruders). This would mean, he said, that "the Jews take over the country; 
the whole burden of organization falls on them, but for the next ten or fifteen years they work under a temporary 
British protectorate" . 

Dr. Weizmann adds that this was "an anticipation of the mandate system", so that today's student also 
learns where the notion of "mandates" was born. The idea of ruling conquered territories under a "mandate" 
bestowed by a self-proclaimed "league of nations" was devised solely with an eye to Palestine. (Events have 
proved this. All the other "mandates" distributed after the 1914-1918 war, to give the appearance of a 
procedure generally applicable, have faded away, either by relinquishment of the territory to its inhabitants or 
by its conversion, in fact, into a possession of the conqueror. The concept of the "mandate" was maintained 
for just as long as was needed for the Zionists to amass enough arms to take possession of Palestine for 

Thus, after the elevation of Mr. Lloyd George and the second election of Mr. Wilson, the shape of the 
future, far beyond the war's end, was fully known to Dr. Weizmann at the web's centre, who went into action. 

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In a memorandum to the British Government he demanded that "The ]ewish population of Palestine, . . shall be 
officially recognized by the Suzerain government as the Jewish Nation", The "first full-dress conference leading 
to the Balfour Declaration" was then held. This committee, met to draft a British governmental document, 
met in a private Jewish house and consisted of nine Zionist leaders and one representative of the government 
concerned, Sir Mark Sykes (who attended "in his private capacity"). As a result Mr. Balfour at once arranged 
to go to America to discuss the matter. 

Dr. Weizmann and his associates had to steer a very narrow course between two difficulties at that 
moment, and might have failed, had not "the web" enabled them to dictate what Mr. Balfour would be told 
by the men he crossed the ocean to see. The British Government, for all its zeal, took alarm at the prospect 
of acting as sole protector of the Zionists and wanted America to share the armed occupation of Palestine. 
The Zionists knew that this would violently upset American opinion, (had it come about America, from bitter 
experience shared, would have been much harder to win for the deed of 1948) and did not want the question 
of American co-occupation raised. Dr. Weizmann's misgivings were increased when, in "a long talk" he found 
Mr. Balfour, before his departure, eager for "an Anglo-American protectorate". 

Dr. Weizmann at once wrote to Mr. Justice Brandeis warning him to oppose any such plan, but to 
assure Mr. Balfour of American support for the proposal of 

[266] a solely British protectorate, (April 8, 1917), and this letter to Mr. Brandeis "must have reached him 
about the time of Balfour's arrival". Mr. Brandeis, risen to the United States Supreme Court, had retired from 
the public leadership of Zionism in America. In the tradition of his office, he should have remained aloof 
from all political affairs, but in fact, as Mr. Wilson's "adviser on the Jewish question", he informed the 
president that he was "in favour of a British protectorate and utterly opposed to a condominium" (that is, joint Anglo- 
American control). 

When Mr. Balfour reached America (then in a state of "existing war" for just eighteen days) he 
apparently never discussed Palestine with the American President at all. Mr. Wilson's part at this stage "was 
limited to a humble undertaking to Rabbi Wise, "Whenever the time comes and you and justice Brandeis feel that 
the time is ripe for me to speak and act, I shall be ready". By that time the rabbi had "briefed" Mr. House: "He is 
enlisted in our cause. There is no question about it whatever. The thing will go through Washington, I think, 
without delay" (April 8, 1917, six days after the "existing war" proclamation). 

Mr. Balfour saw Mr. Brandeis. Clearly he might as well have stayed at home with Dr. Weizmann, as 
Mr. Brandeis merely repeated the contents of Dr. Weizmann's letters; Mr. Balfour simply moved from one 
end of "the web of intrigue" to the other. Mr. Brandeis (as Mrs. Dugdale records) "became' increasingly emphatic 
about the desire of the Zionists to see a British administration in Palestine", Mr. Balfour, his biographer adds, 
"pledged his own personal support to Zionism; he had done it before to Dr. Weizmann, but now he was British 
Foreign Secretary", 

A later American comment on the part played by Mr. Brandeis in this affair is here relevant. Professor 
John O. Beaty of the Southern Methodist University of the United States says that the day when Mr. 
Brandeis's appointment to the Supreme Court was confirmed was "one of the most significant days in 
American history, for we had for the first time, since the first decade of the 1 9th Century, an official of the highest status 
whose heart's interest was in something besides the United States". 

Mr. Brandeis "did more than press the idea of a Jewish Palestine under a British protectorate" (Dr. 
Weizmann). He and Mr. House issued (over the president's signature) the famous declaration repudiating 
secret treaties). This declaration was popular with the masses, who heard in it the voice of the Brave New 
World rebuking the bad old one. The words evoked pictures of becloaked diplomats climbing dark backstairs 
to secret chancelleries; now that America was in the war these feudal machinations would be stopped and all 
done above the board. 

Alas for a pleasant illusion; the noble rebuke was another submission to Zionism. Turkey had still to 
be defeated so that the French and British governments (whose fighting men were engaged) wished to win 
over the Arabs 

[267] and with them had made the "Sykes-Picot agreement", which foresaw an independent confederation of 
Arab States and, among them, an international administration for Palestine. Dr. Weizmann had learned of this 
agreement and saw that there could be no Zionist state if Palestine were under international control; exclusive 
British "protection" was essential. Pressure was applied and President Wilson's ringing denunciation of 
"secret treaties" was in fact aimed solely at the Arabs of Palestine and their hopes for the future. America 
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Of this secret achievement Mr. Balfour's biographer happily records that it showed "a Jewish national 
diplomacy was now in being"; the words may be used as an alternative heading to this chapter, if any so desire. 
The British Foreign Office at last "recognized, with some slight dismay, that the British Government was 
virtually committed" . America, though in the war, was not at war with Turkey, and yet had been secretly 
committed (by Mr. Brandeis) to support the transfer of Turkish territory to an outside party. Therefore 
American participation in the intrigue had to remain publicly unknown for the moment, though Mr. Balfour 
had been informed of it in imperative tones. 

The summer of 1917 passed while the Balfour Declaration was prepared, America thus having become 
secretly involved in the Zionist adventure. The only remaining opposition, apart from that of generals and a 
few high Foreign Office or State Department officials, came from the Jews of England and America. It was 
ineffective because the leading politicians, in both countries, were even more hostile to their Jewish fellow- 
citizens than were the Zionists. (The part played in all this by non-Jews was so great, even if it was the part of 
puppets, that one is constantly reminded of the need to regard with suspicion the attribution of the Protocols 
to solely Jewish authorship). 

In England in 1915 the Anglo-Jewish Association, through its Conjoint Committee, declared that "the 
Zionists do not consider civil and political emancipation as a sufficiently important factor for victory over the 
persecution and oppression of Jews and think that such a victory can only be achieved by establishing a 
legally secured home for the Jewish people. The Conjoint Committee considers as dangerous and provoking 
anti-semitism the 'national' postulate of the Zionists, as well as special privileges for Jews in Palestine. The 
Committee could not discuss the question of a British Protectorate with an international organisation which 
included different, even enemy elements". 

In any rational time the British and American governments would have spoken thus, and they would 
have been supported by Jewish citizens. In 1914, however, Dr. Weizmann had written that such Jews "have 
to be made to realize that we and not they are the masters of the situation". The Conjoint Committee represented the 
Jews long established in England, but the British Government accepted the claim of the revolutionaries from 
Russia to be "the masters" of Jewry. 


In 1917, as the irrevocable moment approached, the Conjoint Committee again declared that the Jews 
were a religious community and nothing more, that they could not claim "a national home", and that Jews in 
Palestine needed nothing more than "the assurance of religious and civil liberty, reasonable facilities for 
immigration and the like". 

By that time such statements infuriated the embattled Gojim around Dr. Weizmann from Russia. Mr. 
Wickham Steed of The Times expressed "downright annoyance" after discussing "for a good hour" (with Dr. 
Weizmann) "the kind of leader which was likely to make the best appeal to the British public", produced "a 
magnificent presentation of the Zionist case". 

In America, Mr. Brandeis and Rabbi Stephen Wise were equally vigilant against the Jews there. The 
rabbi (from Hungary) asked President Wilson, "What will you do when their protests reach you?" For one 
moment only he was silent. Then he pointed to a large wastepaper basket at his desk. "Is not that basket 
capacious enough for all their protests?" 

In England Dr. Weizmann was enraged by "outside interference, entirely from Jews". At this point he felt 
himself to be a member of the Government, or perhaps the member of the Government, and in the power he 
wielded apparently was that. He did not stop at dismissing the objections of British Jews as "outside 
interference"; he dictated what the Cabinet should discuss and demanded to sit in Cabinet meetings so that 
he might attack a Jewish minister! He required that Mr. Lloyd George put the question "on the agenda of the 
War Cabinet for October 4, 1917" and on October 3 he wrote to the British Foreign Office protesting against 
objections which he expected to be raised at that meeting "by a prominent Englishman of the Jewish faith". 

Mr. Edwin Montagu was a cabinet minister and a Jew. Dr. Weizmann implicitly urged that he be not 
heard by his colleagues, or that if he were heard, Dr. Weizmann should be called in to reply! On the day of the 
meeting Dr. Weizmann appeared in the office of the prime minister's secretary, Mr. Philip Kerr (another 
"friend") and proposed that he remain there in case the Cabinet "decide to ask me some questions before 
they decide the matter". Mr. Kerr said, "Since the British Government has been a government, no private 
person has been admitted to one of its sessions", and Dr. Weizmann then went away. 

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But for that Mr. Lloyd George would have set the precedent, for Dr. Weizmann was scarcely gone 
when, after hearing Mr. Montagu, Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. Balfour sent out to ask Dr. Weizmann to come 
in. Mr. Montagu then succeeded, in the teeth of the Gentiles arrayed against him, in obtaining minor 
modifications in the draft, and Dr. Weizmann later rebuked Mr. Kerr for this petty compromise: "The 
Cabinet and even yourself attach undue importance to the opinion held by so-called 'British Jewry'. "Two days 
later (October 9) Dr. Weizmann cabled triumphantly to Mr. Justice Brandeis that the British Government had 
formally undertaken to establish a "national home for the 
[269] Jewish race" in Palestine. 

The draft experienced revealing adventures between October 9 and November 2, when it was 
published. It was sent to America, where it was edited by Mr. Brandeis, Mr. Jacob de Haas and Rabbi Wise 
before being shown to President Wilson for his "final approval". He simply sent it to Mr. Brandeis (who had 
already had it from Dr. Weizmann), who passed it to Rabbi Stephen Wise, "to be handed to Colonel House 
for transmission to the British Cabinet". 

In this way one of the most fateful actions ever taken by any British Government was prepared. The 
draft, incorporated in a letter addressed by Mr. Balfour to Lord Rothschild, became "the Balfour 
Declaration". The Rothschild family, like many leading Jewish families, was sharply divided about Zionism. 
The name of a sympathetic Rothschild, as the recipient of the letter, was evidently used to impress Western 
Jewry in general, and to divert attention from the Eastern Jewish origins of Zionism. The true addressee was 
Dr. Weizmann. He appears to have become an habitue of the War Cabinet's antechamber and the document 
was delivered to him, Sir Mark Sykes informing him, "Dr. Weizmann, it's a boy!" (today the shape of the man 
may be seen). 

No rational explanation for the action of leading Western politicians in supporting this alien enterprise 
has ever been given, and as the undertaking was up to that point secret and conspiratorial no genuine 
explanation can be given; if an undertaking is good conspiracy is not requisite to it, and secrecy itself indicates 
motives that cannot be divulged. If any of these men ever gave some public reason, it usually took the form 
of some vague invocation of the Old Testament. This has a sanctimonious ring, and may be held likely to 
daunt objectors. Mr. Lloyd George liked to tell Zionist visitors (as Rabbi Wise ironically records), "You shall 
have Palestine from Dan to Beersheba", and thus to present himself as the instrument of divine will. He once 
asked Sir Charles and Lady Henry to call anxious Jewish Members of Parliament together at breakfast "so 
that I may convince them of the rightfulness of my Zionist position". A minyan (Jewish religious quorum of 
ten) was accordingly assembled in the British Prime Minister's breakfast room, where Mr. Lloyd George read 
a series of passages which, in his opinion, prescribed the transplantation of Jews in Palestine in 1917: Then he 
said, "Now, gentlemen, you know What your Bible says; that is the end of the matter". 

On other occasions he gave different, and mutually destructive, explanations. He told the Palestine 
Royal Commission of 1937 that he acted to gain "the support of American Jewry" and that he had "a definite 
promise" from the Zionist leaders "that if the allies committed themselves to giving facilities for the 
establishment of a national home for the Jews in Palestine, they would do their best to rally Jewish sentiment 
and support throughout the world to the Allied cause". . 

This was brazen untruth at the very bar of history. America was already in the 
[270] war when Mr. Balfour went there to agree the Balfour Declaration, and Mr. Balfour's biographer scouts 
the notion of any such bargain. Rabbi Elmer Berger, a Jewish commentator, says the alleged promise by 
Zionist leaders inspires in him, ". . . an irrepressible indignation, for myself, my family, my Jewish friends, all 
of whom are just ordinary Jews ... it constitutes one of the most obscene libels in all history. Only 
callousness and cynicism could imply that Jews in the Allied nations were not already giving their utmost to 
the prosecution of the war" . 

Mr. Lloyd George's third explanation ("Acetone converted me to Zionism") is the best known. 
According to this version Mr. Lloyd George asked Dr. Weizmann how he could be requited for a useful 
chemical discovery made during the war (when Dr. Weizmann worked for the government, in any spare time 
left by his work for Zionism). Dr. Weizmann is quoted as replying, "I want nothing for myself, but everything 
for my people", whereon Mr. Lloyd George decided to give him Palestine! Dr. Weizmann himself derides this 
story ("History does not deal in Aladdin's lamps. Mr. Lloyd George's advocacy of the Jewish homeland long predated 
his accession to the premiership"). For that matter, it is British practice to make cash awards for such services and 
Dr. Weizmann, far from wanting nothing for himself, received ten thousand pounds. (If chemical research 
were customarily rewarded in land he might have claimed a minor duchy from Germany in respect of a patent 
earlier sold to the German Dye Trust, and presumably found useful in war as in peace; he was naturally 
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The conclusion cannot be escaped: if any honest explanation of his actions in this matter could be 
found Mr. Lloyd George would have given it. From this period in 1916-1917 the decay of parliamentary and 
representative government can be traced, both in England and America. If secret men could dictate major 
acts of American state policy and major operations of British armies, then clearly "election" and "responsible 
office" were terms devoid of meaning. Party distinctions began to fade in both countries, once this hidden, 
supreme authority was accepted by leading Western politicians, and the American and British electors began 
to be deprived of all true choice. Today this condition is general, and now is public. Leaders of all parties, 
before elections, make obeisance to Zionism, and the voter's selection of president, prime minister or party 
makes no true difference. 

In November 1917 the American Republic thus became equally involved with Great Britain in 
Zionism, which has proved to be a destructive force. However, it was only one agency of "the destructive 
principle". The reader will recall that in Dr. Weizmann's Russian youth the mass of Jews there, under their 
Talmudic directors, were united in the revolutionary aim, and only divided between revolutionary-Zionism 
and revolutionary-Communism. 

In the very week of the Balfour Declaration the other group of Jews in Russia 
[271] achieved their aim, the destruction of the Russian nation-state. The Western politicians thus bred a 
bicephalous monster, one head being the power of Zionism in the Western capitals, and the other the power 
of Communism advancing from captive Russia. Submission to Zionism weakened the power of the West to 
preserve itself against the world-revolution, for Zionism worked to keep Western governments submissive 
and to deflect their policies from national interests; indeed, at that instant the cry was first raised that 
opposition to the world-revolution, too, was "anti-semitism". Governments hampered by secret capitulations 
in any one direction cannot act firmly in any other, and the timidity of London and Washington in their 
dealings with the world-revolution, during the four decades to follow, evidently derived from their initial 
submission to "the web of intrigue" spun across the Atlantic between 1914 and 1917. 

After 1917, therefore, the question which the remainder of the 20th Century had to answer was 
whether the West could yet find in itself the strength to break free, or prise its political leaders loose, from 
this double thrall. In considering the remainder of this account the reader should bear in mind what British 
and American politicians were induced to do during the First World War. 

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Chapter 32 


The simultaneous triumphs of Bolshevism in Moscow and Zionism in London in the same week of 
1917 were only in appearance distinct events, The identity of their original source has been shown in an 
earlier chapter, and the hidden men who promoted Zionism through the Western governments also 
supported the world-revolution. The two forces fulfilled correlative tenets of the ancient Law: "Pull down 
and destroy . . . rule over all nations"; the one destroyed in the East and the other secretly ruled in the West. 

1917 gave proof of Disraeli's dictum about the revolution in its 1848 phase, when he said that Jews 
headed "every one" of the secret societies and aimed to destroy Christianity. The controlling group that 
emerged in 1917 was so preponderantly Jewish that it may be called Jewish. The nature of the instigating 
force then became a matter of historical fact, not of further polemical debate. It was further identified by its 
deeds: the character of its earliest enactments, a symbolic mockery of Christianity, and a special mark of 
authorship deliberately given to the murder of the monarch. All these bore the traits of a Talmudic 

In the forty years that have passed great efforts have been made to suppress public knowledge of this 
fact, which has been conclusively established, by non-sequential rebukes to any who claim to discuss history. 
For instance, in the 1950's an able (and deservedly respected) Jewish writer in America, Mr. George Sokolsky, 
in criticizing a book previously cited wrote, "It is impossible to read it without reaching the conclusion that 
Professor Beaty seeks to prove that Communism is a Jewish movement". In respect of the leadership it was 
that for a long period before 1917 (as to later and the present situation, subsequent chapters will look at the 
evidence). It was not a conspiracy of all Jews, but neither were the French revolution, Fascism and National 
Socialism conspiracies of all Frenchmen, Italians or Germans. The organizing force and the leadership were 
drawn from the Talmudic-controlled Jewish areas of Russia, and in that sense Communism was demonstrably 
Eastern Jewish. 

As to the purposes revealed when the revolution struck in 1917, these showed that it was not episodic 
or spontaneous but the third "eruption" of the organization first revealed through Weishaupt. The two main 
features reappeared: the attack on all legitimate government of any kind whatsoever and on religion. Since 
1917 the world-revolution has had to cast aside the earlier pretence of being directed only against "kings" or 
the political power of priests. 

One authority of that period knew and stated this. In the tradition of Edmund Burke and John 
Robison, George Washington and Alexander Hamilton and Disraeli, Mr. Winston Churchill wrote: 

"It would almost seem as if the gospel of Christ and the gospel of anti-Christ were designed to originate 
among the same people; and that this mystic and 

[273] mysterious race had been chosen for the supreme manifestations, both of the divine and the diabolical, . . 
From the days of 'Spartacus' Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun 
(Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany) and Emma Goldman (United States), this worldwide conspiracy for the 
overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence and 
impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Nesta Webster, has so ably shown, 
a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. 7/ has been the mainspring of every subversive 
movement during the nineteenth century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great 
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undisputed masters of that enormous empire. There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in 
the bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews. It is certainly a very 
great one; it probably outweighs all others". 

This is the last candid statement (discoverable by me) from a leading public man on this question. 
After it the ban on public discussion came down and the great silence ensued, which continues to this day. In 
1953 Mr. Churchill refused permission (requisite under English law) for a photostat to be made of this article 
(Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 8, 1920), without saying why. 

The fact of Jewish leadership was a supremely important piece of knowledge and the later suppression 
of it, where public debate would have been sanative, produced immense effects in weakening the West. The 
formulation of any rational State policy becomes impossible when such major elements of knowledge are 
excluded from public discussion; it is like playing billiards with twisted cues and elliptical balls. The strength 
of the conspiracy is shown by its success in this matter (as in the earlier period, of Messrs. Robison, Barruel 
and Morse) more than by any other thing. 

At the time, the facts were available. The British Government's White Paper of 1919 (Russia, No. 1, a 
Collection of Reports on Bolshevism) quoted the report sent to Mr. Balfour in London in 1918 by the 
Netherlands Minister at Saint Petersburg, M. Oudendyke: "Bolshevism is organized and worked by Jews, who 
have no nationality and whose one object is to destroy for their own ends the existing order of things". The 
United States Ambassador, Mr. David R. Francis, reported similarly: "The Bolshevik leaders here, most of 
whom are Jews and 90 percent of whom are returned exiles, care little for Russia or any other country but are 
internationalists and they are trying, to start a worldwide social revolution". M. Oudendyke's report was deleted 
from later editions of the British official publication and all such authentic documents of that period are now 
difficult to obtain. Fortunately for the student, one witness preserved the official record. 


This was Mr. Robert Wilton, correspondent of the London Times, who experienced the Bolshevik 
revolution. The French edition of his book included the official Bolshevik lists of the membership of the ruling 
revolutionary bodies (they were omitted from the English edition). 

These records show that the Central Committee of the Bolshevik party, which wielded the supreme 
power, contained 3 Russians(including Lenin) and 9 Jews. The next body in importance, the Central 
Committee of the Executive Commission (or secret police) comprized 42 Jews and 19 Russians, Letts, 
Georgians and others. The Council of People's Commissars consisted of 17 Jews and five others. The 
Moscow Che-ka (secret police) was formed of 23 Jews and 13 others. Among the names of 556 high officials 
of the Bolshevik state officially published in 1918-1919, were 458 Jews and 108 others. Among the central 
committees of small, supposedly "Socialist" or other non-Communist parties (during that early period the 
semblance of "opposition" was permitted, to beguile the masses, accustomed under the Czar to opposition 
parties) were 55 Jews and 6 others. All the names are given in the original documents reproduced by Mr. 
Wilton. (In parentheses, the composition of the two short-lived Bolshevik governments outside Russia in 
1918-1919, namely those of Hungary and Bavaria, was similar). 

Mr. Wilton made a great and thankless effort to tell newspaper readers what went on in Russia 
(broken, he survived only a few years and died in his fifties). He did hot choose the task of reporting the most 
momentous event that ever came in any journilist's path of duty; it devolved on him. Educated in Russia, he 
knew the country and its language perfectly, and was held in high esteem by the Russians and the British 
Embassy alike. He watched the rioting from the window of The Times office, adjoining the Prefecture where 
the ministers of the collapsing regime took refuge. Between the advent of the Kerensky government in the 
spring of 1917 and the seizure of power by the Bolsheviks in November 1917, his duty was to report an 
entirely new phenomenon in world affairs: the rise of a Jewish regime to despotic supremacy in Russia and to 
overt control of the world-revolution. At that moment he was made to realize that he would not be allowed 
faithfully to report the fact. 

The secret story is told, with surprising candour, in the Official History of his paper, The Times, published 
in 1952. It shows the hidden mechanism which operated, as early as 1917, to prevent the truth about the 
revolution reaching the peoples of the West. 

This volume pays tribute to the quality of Mr. Wilton's reporting, and his standing in Russia, before 
1917. Then the tone of the references to him abruptly changes. Mr. Wilton's early warnings of what was to 
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Why, if his earlier work and reputation were so good? The reason transpires. 
[275] The narrative continues that Mr. Wilton began to complain about the "burking" or suppression of his 
messages. Then The Times began to publish articles about Russia from men who had little knowledge of that 
country. As a result the editorial articles about Russia took on the tone, exasperating to Mr. Wilton, with 
which newspaper-readers became familiar in the following decades: "those who believe in the future of 
Russia as a free and efficient democracy will watch the vindication of the new regime with patient confidence and earnest 
sympathy", (Every incident of Mr. Wilton's experience in Moscow, which Colonel Repington was sharing in 
London, was repeated in my own experience, and in that of other correspondents, in Berlin in 1933-1938). 

The "interregnum of five months began, during which a Jewish regime was to take over from 
Kerensky. At this very moment his newspaper lost "confidence" in Mr. Wilton. Why? The explanation 
emerges. The Official History of The Times says, "It was not happy for Wilton that one of his messages . . . should 
spread to Zionist circles, and even into the Foreign Office, the idea that he was an anti-semite" . 

"Zionist circles", the reader will observe; not even "Communist circles"; here the working partnership 
becomes plain. Why should "Zionists" (who wanted the British government to procure them "a homeland" 
in Palestine) be affronted because a British correspondent in Moscow reported that a Jewish regime was 
preparing to take over in Russia? Mr. Wilton was reporting the nature of the coming regime; this was his job. 
In the opinion of "Zionists", this was "anti-semitism", and the mere allegation was enough to destroy 
"confidence" in him at his head office. How, then, could he have remained "happy" and have retained 
"confidence". Obviously, only by misreporting events in Russia. In effect, he was expected not to mention 
the determining fact of the day's news! 

When I read this illuminating account I wondered by what route "Zionist circles" had spread to "the 
Foreign Office", and the Foreign Office to Printing House Square the "idea" that Mr. Wilton was "an anti- 
semite". The researcher, like the lonely prospector, learns to expect little for much toil, but in this case I was 
startled by the large nugget of truth which I found in The Times Official History thirty-five years after the event. 
It said that "the head of propaganda at the Foreign Office sent to the Editor a paper by one of his staff 
repeating the "allegation", (which apparently was first printed in some Zionist sheet). The Official History 
revealed even the identity of this assiduous "one". 

It was a young Mr. Reginald Leeper, who three decades later (as Sir Reginald) became British 
Ambassador in Argentina. I then looked to Who's Who for information about Mr. Leeper's career and found 
that his first recorded employment began (when he was twenty-nine) in 1917: "entered International Bureau, 
Department of Information in 1917". Mr. Leeper's memorandum about Mr. Wilton was sent to The Times 
early in May 1917. Therefore, if he entered the Foreign Office on New Year's day of 1917, he had been in it 
just four months 

[276] when he conveyed to The Times his "allegation" about the exceptionally qualified Mr. Wilton, of 
seventeen years service with that paper, and the effect was immediate; the Official History says that Mr. 
Wilton's despatches thereafter, during the decisive period, either miscarried or "were ignored". (The editor was 
the same of whom Colonel Repington complained in 1917-1918 and to whom the present writer sent his 
resignation in 1938 on the same basic principle of reputable journalism.) 

Mr. Wilton Struggled on for a time, continually protesting against the "burking" and suppression of his 
despatches, and then as his last service to truthful journalism put all that he knew into his book. He 
recognized and recorded the acts which identified the especial nature of the regime: the law against "anti- 
semitism", the anti- Christian measures, the canonization of Judas Iscariot, and the Talmudic fingerprint 
mockingly left in the death-chamber of the Romanoffs. 

The law against "anti-semitism" (which cannot be defined) was in itself a fingerprint. An illegal 
government, predominantly Jewish, by this measure warned the Russian masses, under pain of death, not to 
interest them selves in the origins of the revolution. It meant in effect that the Talmud became the law of 
Russia, and in the subsequent four decades this law has in effect and in growing degree been made part of the 
structure of the west. 

The short-lived anti-Christian deeds of the French phase of the revolution reappeared in more open 
form. The dynamiting of churches and the installation of an anti-God museum in the Cathedral of Saint Basil 
were the most ostentatious indications of the nature of the regime, which Mr. Wilton indicated: "Taken 
according to numbers of population, the Jews represented one in ten; among the commissars that rule 
Bolshevist Russia they are nine in ten; if anything the proportion of Jews is still greater". This was plain 
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objected; the mere act of reporting a fact became the ground for secret denunciation because the fact related 
to Jews. 

The memorial to Judas Iscariot, recorded by Mr. Wilton, was another deliberate intimation to 
Christendom. If the Jewish rulers merely wanted to bring about an equalitarian society in 1917, there was no 
relevance in bestowing a halo of heroism on a deed of AD 29; the revolution in Russia cannot be understood 
at all unless the symbolism of this act is comprehended. 

The aspect of a Talmudic vengeance on "the heathen" was unmistakably given to the massacres of hat 
period. In August 1918 a Jew, Kanegisser, shot a Jew, Uritsky; thereon a Jew, Peters, at the head of the 
Petrograd Cheka ordered "mass terror" on Russians and another Jew, Zinovieff, demanded that ten million 
Russians be "annihilated"; the British Government's White Book on Bolshevism (1919) records the massacre 
of Russian peasants which followed. 

By far the most significant act was the form given to the murder of the 
[277] Romanoff family. But for Mr. Wilton this story would never have reached the world, which to this day 
might believe that the Czar's wife and children ended their lives naturally in "protective" custody. 

The Czar acted constitutionally to the end, abdicating at the advice of his ministers (March 5, 1917). 
Thereafter (during the Kerensky period and its first aftermath) he was relatively well treated for a year as the 
prisoner at Tobolsk of a Russian commandant and Russian guards. In April 1918, when the Jewish regime had 
gained control, he was transferred, by order from Moscow, to Ekaterinburg. The Russian guards were then 
withdrawn and their place inside his prison house was taken by men whose identity has never been 
established: The local Russians later recalled them as "Letts" (the only foreign-speaking Red soldiers known 
to them), but they seem to have been brought from Hungary. 

The Russian commandant's place was taken by a Jew, Yankel Yurovsky (July 7). That completed a 
chain of Jewish captors from the top, Moscow, through the regional Urals Soviet, to his prison at 
Ekaterinburg (which is in the Urals). The real ruler of Russia then was the terrorist Yankel Sverdloff, 
president of the Moscow Cheka, who was a Jew. The Ekaterinburg Cheka was run by seven Jews, one of 
them Yankel Yurovsky. On July 20 the Urals Soviet announced that it had shot the Czar and sent his wife 
and son to "a place of security". The Moscow Cheka issued a similar announcement, signed by Sverdloff, 
"approving the action of the Regional Soviet of the Urals". At that time the entire family was dead. 

The truth only became known through the chance that Ekaterinburg fell to the White armies on July 
25, that Mr. Wilton accompanied them, and that their commander, General Diterichs, a famous Russian 
criminologist, M. Sokoloff, and Mr. Wilton uncovered the buried evidence. When the White troops withdrew 
Mr. Wilton brought away the proofs; they appear in his book and include many photographs. 

The murders had been carried out by order from and in constant consultation with Sverdloff in 
Moscow; records of telephone conversations between him and the Chekists in Ekaterinburg were found. 
Among these was a report to him from Ekaterinburg saying "Yesterday a courier left with the documents that 
interest you". This courier was the chief assassin, Yurovsky, and the investigators believed that the 
"documents" were the heads of the Romanoffs, as no skulls or skull-bones were found. 

The deed was described by witnesses who had not been able to escape, and at least one was a 
participant. At midnight on July 16 Yurovsky awoke the Czar and his family, took them to a basement room 
and there shot them. The actual murderers were Yurovsky, his seven unidentified foreign accomplices, one 
Nikulin from the local Cheka, and two Russians, apparently professional gunmen employed by the Cheka. 
The victims were the Czar, his wife, ailing son (who was held in his father's arms as he could not walk), four 
daughters, Russian 

[278] doctor, manservant, cook and maid. The room was still a shambles, from the shooting and bayoneting, 
when M. Sokoloff and Mr. Wilton saw it, and his book includes the picture of it. 

The circumstances having been determined, the investigators almost despaired of finding the bodies, 
or their remains; they learned that Yurovsky, before escaping the town, had boasted that "the world will 
never know what we did with the bodies". However, the earth at length gave up its secret. The bodies had 
been taken by five lorries to a disused iron pit in the woods, cut up and burned, 150 gallons of petrol being 
used; one Voikoff of the Urals Cheka (a fellow-passenger of Lenin in the train from Germany) as Commissar 
of Supplies had supplied 400 lbs. of sulphuric acid for dissolving the bones. The ashes and fragments had 
been thrown down the shaft, the ice at the bottom having first been smashed so that the mass would sink; 
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end. On top lay the corpse of a spaniel belonging to one of the princesses; below were fragments of bone and 
skin, a finger, and many identifiable personal belongings which had escaped destruction. A puzzling find was 
a small collection of nails, coins, pieces of tinfoil and the like. This looked like the contents of a schoolboy's 
pockets, and was; the little boy's English tutor, Mr. Sidney Gibbes, identified it. The precautions taken to 
dispose of the bodies and of other evidence were of the kind that only criminals of long experience in their 
trade could have devised; they resemble the methods used in gang warfare, during the Prohibition period, in 
the United States. 

These discoveries, becoming known in the outer world, exposed the untruth of Sverdloffs 
announcement that only the Czar had been "executed" and his family sent to "a place of security". The 
murderers staged a mock trial of "28 persons on the accusation of having murdered the Czar and his family". 
Only eight names were published, all of them unknown in connection with the crime, and five persons were 
said to have been shot, who if they existed at all cannot have had any part in it. The arch-assassin, Sverdloff, 
was soon afterwards killed in some party dispute and thousands of innocent people died in the indiscriminate 
massacres which followed. Ekaterinburg was renamed Sverdlovsk to give enduring fame to his part in the 
symbolic deed. 

The chief reason for recounting the details of the pogrom of the Romanoffs is to point to the 
"fingerprint" which was left in the room where it was done. One of the assassins, presumably their leader, 
stayed to exult and put a significant signature on the wall, which was covered with obscene or mocking 
inscriptions in Hebrew, Magyar and German. Among them was a couplet which deliberately related the deed 
to the Law of the Torah-Talmud and thus offered it to posterity as an example of the fulfilment of that law, 
and of Jewish vengeance as understood by the Levites. It was written in German by someone who parodied 
the Jewish poet, Heinrich Heine's lines on the death of Belshazzar, the imaginary potentate whose murder is 
portrayed in Daniel as God's punishment for an 
[279] affront offered to Judah: 

Belsazar ward aber in selbiger Nacht 
Von selbigen Rnechten umgebracht. 

The parodist, sardonically surveying the shambles, adapted these lines to what he had just done: 

Belsa/j-arward in selbiger Nacht 
Von semen Rnechten umgebracht. 

No clearer clue to motive and identity was ever left behind. 

The revolution was not Russian; the eruption was brought about in Russia, but the revolution had its 
friends in high places everywhere. At this period (1917-1918) the student for the first time is able to establish 
that leading men began to give that secret support to Communism which they were already giving to its blood 
brother, Zionism. This happened on both sides of the fighting-line; once the secret, but overriding purposes 
of the war came into play the distinction between "friend" and "foe" disappeared. The Zionists, though they 
concentrated "irresistible pressure" on the politicians of London and Washington, long kept their 
headquarters in Berlin; the Communists obtained decisive support from Germany at one moment and from 
Germany's enemies the next. 

For instance, Germany when the 1914-1918 war began started "sending back to Russia Russians of 
revolutionary tendencies who were prisoners here, with money and passports, in order that they may stir up 
trouble at home" (Ambassador Gerard in Berlin to Mr. House). Mr. Robert Wilton says the decision to 
Foment the revolution in Russia was formally taken at a German and Austrian General Staff meeting at Vienna 
late in 1915. The German Chief-of-Staff, General Ludendorff, later regretted this: "By sending Lenin to 
Russia our government assumed. . . a great responsibility. From a military point of view his journey was 
justified, for Russia had to be laid low; but our government should have seen to it that we were not involved 
in her fall". 

That, taken as an isolated case, might be a simple human error: what appeared to be a sound military 
move produced catastrophic political consequences not foreseen when it was made. But what explanation can 
be found for American and British politicians, whose foremost military and political principle should have been 
to sustain Russia and yet who supported the alien revolutionaries who "laid Russia low"? 

I have already quoted the editorial about the revolution (". . . a free and efficient democracy . . . the 
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correspondent's despatches were being "ignored" and "confidence" withdrawn from him because the 
newspaper had received "an allegation" that he was "an anti-semite". On the other side of the Atlantic the 
true ruler of the Republic, Mr. House was confiding to his diary similar sentiments. For him the alien 
revolutionaries smuggled into Russia 

[280] during wartime from the West ("this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great 
cities of Europe and America", Mr. Churchill) were honest agrarian reformers: "the Bolshevists appeared to 
the peace-hungry and land-hungry Russians as the first leaders who made a sincere effort to satisfy their 
needs" . 

Today all know what happened to the Russians' "land-hunger" under Bolshevism. In 1917 the Czars 
and their ministers for fifty years had been toiling to satisfy this "land-hunger" and by assassination had been 
thwarted. Apparently Mr. House was ignorant of that. When the revolution was accomplished he instructed 
the shadow-president: "that literally nothing be done further than that an expression of sympathy be offered 
for Russia's efforts to weld herself into a virile democracy and to proffer our financial, industrial and moral support in 
every way possible". * 

The resemblance between the first phrase of this sentence and the editorial of The Times in London 
may be noted; powerful behind-scene groups in both capitals evidently were agreed to present the public 
masses with this false picture of a "virile" and "efficient" democracy in the making. The second phrase cancelled 
the policy initially recommended of "literally doing nothing" beyond uttering sympathetic words, by giving 
the order literally to do everything; for what more can be done than to give "financial, industrial and moral 
support in every way possible"? This was American state policy from the moment that Mr. House so 
instructed the president, and it exactly describes the policy pursued by President Roosevelt during the Second 
World War, as will be shown. 

Thus the West, or powerful men in the West, began to range itself with the world-revolution against 
the Russians, which meant, against all men who abhorred the revolution. Not all the powerful men, or men 
later to become powerful, lent them selves to this hidden undertaking. At that time Mr. Winston Churchill 
again stated the nature of the revolution: 

"Certainly I dispute the title of the Bolshevists to represent Russia . . . They despise such a mere 
commonplace as nationality. Their ideal is a worldwide proletarian revolution. The Bolsheviks robbed Russia 
at one stroke of two most precious things: peace and victory, the victory that was within her grasp and the 
peace which was her dearest desire. The Germans sent Lenin into Russia with the deliberate intention of 
working for the downfall of Russia . . . No sooner did Lenin arrive there than he began beckoning a finger here 
and a finger there to obscure persons in sheltered retreats in New York, in Glasgo,, in Berne and other countries" (the reader 
will perceive whence the "Russian" revolutionaries were 

* It might be significant of the influences which continued to prevail in the entourage of American 
presidents during the next two generations that President Eisenhower in 1955, from his hospital room in 
Denver, sent a personal message of congratulations to the Soviet Premier, Bulganin, on the anniversary of the 
Bolshevik revolution, November 7. The democratic and parliamentary revolution, legitimized by the Czars 
abdication, occurred in March 1917; November 7 was a day on which the Bolsheviks overthrew the legitimate 
regime. By 1955 American presidents were habitually warning their people against the menace of "Soviet" or 
"Communist" (i.e., Bolshevik) aggression 

[281] brought to Russia) "and he gathered together the leading spirits of a formidable sect, the most formidable sect in the 
world. . . With these spirits around him he set to work with demoniacal ability to tear to pieces every 
institution on which the Russian state and nation depended. Russia was laid low. Russia had to be laid low . . . 
Her sufferings are more fearful than modern records hold and she had been robbed of her place among the 
great nations of the world". (House of Commons, 5 November 1919). 

Mr. Churchill's description remains valid, particularly the phrase, "the most formidable sect in the 
world", which resembles the phrase used by Bakunin in his attack on Jewish usurpation of the revolution fifty 
years earlier. The passage quoted from Mr. Churchill's article earlier in this chapter shows that he was equally 
aware of the identity of this sect. 

Thus Dr. Chaim Weizmann's youthful fellow-conspirators from the Talmudic area of Russia 
triumphed in Russia at the very moment when he triumphed in London and Washington. The only difference 
between him and them, from the start, was that between "revolutionary- Zionism" and "revolutionary- 
Communism", as he shows. In his student days in Berlin, Freiburg and Geneva, he had waged many a hot 
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meaning. Mr. Balfour's amanuensis, Mrs. Dugdale, portrays the blood-brothers of the revolution in argument 
during the years when their simultaneous triumph was in preparation: 

"Lenin and Trotsky took power in the same week of November 1917 that Jewish nationalism won its 
recognition. Years before, in Geneva, Trotsky and Weizmann had night after night expounded from rival 
cafes in the university quarter their opposed political beliefs. Both of them Russian-born. . . . they had swayed 
the crowds of Jewish students from one side of the street to the other; Leon Trotsky, apostle of Red revolution; 
Chaim Weizmann, apostle of a tradition unbroken for two thousand years. Now by a most strange 
coincidence in the same week each of them accomplished the fulfilment of his dream". 

In truth, the pincers in which the West was to be gripped had been forged, and each handle was held 
by one of two groups of revolutionaries "Russian-born" (but not Russian). 

For Dr. Weizmann and his associates in London and Washington, the event in Moscow was a passing 
embarrassment, in one respect. They had based their demand for Palestine on the legend that "a place of 
refuge" must be found for Jews "persecuted in Russia" (an obvious non sequitur but good enough for "the 
mob"), and now there was no "persecution in Russia". On the contrary, in Moscow a Jewish regime ruled and 
"anti-Semitism" was a capital offence. Where, then, were the Jews who needed "a place of refuge"? (This is 
evidently the reason why Mr. Robert Wilton had to be prevented from reporting the nature of the new 
regime in Moscow). 

Rabbi Elmer Berger says, "The Soviet government even privileged Jews as Jews. . . 
[282] at a single stroke, the revolution emancipated those very Jews for whom, previously, no solution other 
than Zionism would be efficacious, according to Zionist spokesmen. Soviet Jews no longer had need of Palestine, or any 
other refuge. The lever of the suffering of Russian Jewry, which Herzl had often used in attempts to prise a 
charter for Palestine from some power, was gone". 

That did not deter Dr. Weizmann. At once he informed the Jews that they must not expect any respite: 

"Some of our friends. . . are very quick in drawing conclusions as to what will happen to the Zionist 
movement after the Russian revolution. Now, they say, the greatest stimulus for the Zionist movement has 
been removed. Russian Jewry is free. . . Nothing can be more superficial and wrong than that. We have never 
built our Zionist movement on the sufferings of our people in Russia or elsewhere. These sufferings were never the cause of 
Zionism. The fundamental cause of Zionism was, and is, the ineradicable striving of Jewry to have a home of 
its own". 

Dr. Weizmann spoke truth in untruth. It was true that the organizers of Zionism, in their private 
hearts, had never in reality built their movement on "the sufferings of our people in Russia or elsewhere"; 
they were indifferent to any suffering, Jewish or other, caused by Zionism. But they had beyond all dispute 
used "the sufferings of our people in Russia" as their argument in beleaguering Western politicians, who from 
Mr. Wilson in 1912 onward repeatedly alluded to it. 

In this crucial week, the falsity of the entire contention, though revealed, made no difference, for the 
British Government, as Mrs. Dugdale recorded, was at length committed. Not even a pretence could be 
maintained that any Jews needed "a place of refuge" but Mr. Lloyd George had undertaken to conquer 
Palestine for "the Jews". 

The basic fallacy of the enterprise was exposed at the very instant when it was clamped like a millstone 
round the neck of the West. Although this irreparable flaw in its foundation must cause its ultimate collapse, 
like that of Sabbatai Zevi's messiahship in 1666, the tragi-comedy thenceforth had to be played to its ruinous 

But for one later event, the undertaking would have died a natural death within a few years and would 
survive today in the annals merely as Balfour's Folly. This event was the coming of Hitler, which for a while 
filled the gap left by the collapse of the legend of "persecution in Russia" and produced in some Jews a desire 
to go even to Palestine. For the Zionists Hitler, had he not arisen, would have needed to be created; a 
collapsing scheme was made by him to look almost lifelike for some time. The Hitlerist episode belongs to a 
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Chapter 33 


At the same moment in 1917 when the two kindred forces from Russia, revolutionary-Communism 
and revolutionary-Zionism, emerged into the full open, the third secret purpose of the war, the one of which 
they were the instruments, also was revealed. This was the project for a "federation of the world" to take over 
"the management of human affairs" and to rule by force. 

The masses then (as in the Second War, twenty-five years later) were being egged on to destroy a 
"madman in Berlin" on this very ground, that he sought to rule the world by force. In England Mr. Eden 
Philpotts (one of many such oracles then and in the next war) thundered: 

"You thought to grasp the world; but you shall keep its curses only, crowned upon your brow . . ." and 
that was the universal cry. Yet the secret plan promoted in the West was equally one to "grasp the world by 
force" and to put new "warlords" over it. 

It was merely dressed in other words. What was reactionary Prussian militarism in Germany was one 
of Mr. House's "advanced ideas" in Washington; what was megalomaniac ambition in the Kaiser was an 
enlightened concept of "a new world order" in London. The politicians of the West became professional 
dissimulators. Even Disraeli could not foresee in 1832 ( "The practice of politics in the East may be defined 
by one word: dissimulation") that this would become the definition of political practice in the West in the 20th 
Century; but this happened when Western political leaders, by supporting Zionism and the world-revolution, 
yielded to the prompting of Asiatics; their acts took on an Asiatic duplicity in place of native candour. 

Strangely, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, the most compliant of them all, at the start rebelled most fretfully 
against the secret constraints. He tried, as has been shown, to declare that "the causes and objects of the war 
are obscure", and when this was forbidden by Mr. House, still avowed that the belligerents on both sides 
pursued "the same" objects. He went further at the very start of his presidency, when he wrote, "It is an in 
tolerable thing that the government of the 'Republic should have got so far out of the hands of the people; should have 
been captured by interests which are special and not general. We know that something intervenes between the people of 
the United States and the control of their own affairs at Washington". Presumably he learned the nature of these 
"interests" and this "control", and the galling knowledge may have caused his collapse (and that of Mr. 
Roosevelt in the later generation). 

Nevertheless, he was used to launch the plan for setting up "a federation of the world", based on 
force. The idea was "oozed into his brain" by others; the phrase is used by Mr. House's biographer to 
describe the method by which Mr. House prompted the actions of other men (and by which his own were 
prompted). In November 1915, when the American people were still ardent for the president 
[284] who was keeping them out of the war, Mr. House instructed him: 

"We must throw the influence of this nation in behalf of a plan by which international obligations 
must be kept and maintained and in behalf of some plan by which the peace of the world may be maintained". 

This was always the sales-talk: that "the plan" would "maintain world peace". Mr. House had long been 
discussing the plan with Sir Edward Grey (Mr. Asquith's Foreign Secretary; he became blind in 1914 but in a 
moment of spiritual clairvoyance used the words which have become truer ever since, "The lights are going 
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law has hitherto had no sanction; the lesson of this war is that the Powers must bind themselves to give it 
sanction". "Sanction" was the euphemism used by the dissimulators to avoid alarming the masses by the sound 
of "war" or "force". The dictionary definition, in such a context, is "a coercive measure", and the only means 
of coercion between nations is, ultimately, war: no "sanction" can be effective unless it is backed by that 
threat. Therefore Sir Edward Grey thought war could be ended by making war. He was an incorruptible but 
apparently deluded man; the originators of the great "idea" knew what they meant (and in our day this also 
has been revealed). 

By 1916 Mr. House had instructed Mr. Wilson as to his duty and in May the president publicly 
announced support for "the plan" at a meeting of a new body candidly called "The League To Enforce Peace". 
Mr. Wilson knew nothing of its nature: "it does not appear that Woodrow Wilson studied seriously the programme of the 
League To Enforce Peace" (Mr. House's Private Papers). 

This was a reincarnation of the earlier "League to enforce peace" which (as Lord Robert Cecil had 
reminded Mr. House) "really became a league to uphold tyranny". In 1916 the name gave away the game; 
American opinion was not then ready to walk into so obvious a trap. Senator George Wharton Pepper recalls: 
"A heavily-financed organisation aptly entitled 'The League To Enforce Peace' was making our task easier by 
emphasizing, as its title indicated, that the Covenant" (of the League of Nations) "was intended to be made 
effective by force. . .Our constant contention, in opposition to theirs, was that the appeal to force was at the best 
futile and at the worst dangerous. . . I contrasted the certain futility of an appeal to international force with the 
possible hopefulness of reliance upon international conference, and declared myself favourable to any 
association of the latter type and unalterably opposed to a league which was based on the former". 

The dissimulators soon dropped the name, "The League To Enforce Peace", but the "plan", which 
produced "The League of Nations", transparently remained the same: it was one to transfer the control of 
national armies to some super-national committee which could use them for "the management of human 
affairs" in ways serving its own special ends, and that has continued the motive to the present day. As in the 
earlier case of Zionism, President Wilson was 

[285] committed long before the crucial moment (by his public declaration of May 1916) and as soon as 
America was in the war (April 1917) announced that it was involved in an undertaking to set up "a new 
international order"; this statement was made at the moment of the first revolution in Russia and of the 
preparation of the Balfour Declaration. 

Thus the three great "plans" moved together into the West, and this was the project which was to 
crown the work of the other two. Its basic principle was the destruction of nation-states and nationhood so 
that it gave expression, in modern form, to the ancient conflict between the Old Testament and the New, 
between the Levitical Law and the Christian message. The Torah-Talmud is the only discoverable, original 
source of this idea of "destroying nations"; Mr. House thought it almost impossible to trace any "idea" to its 
fount, but in this case the track can be followed back through the centuries to 500 BC, and it is nowhere 
obliterated during those twenty-five hundred years. If before that time anybody in the known world had 
made this "destructive principle" into a code and creed they and it have faded into oblivion. The idea 
contained in the Torah-Talmud has gone unbroken through all the generations. The New Testament rejects it 
and speaks of "the deception of nations", not of their destruction. Revelation foretells a day when this process of 
deception of nations shall end. Those who seek to interpret prophecy might very well see in The League To 
Enforce Peace, under its successive aliases, the instrument of this "deception", doomed at the end to fail. 

Mr. House having decided, and Mr. Wilson having declared, that "a new international order" must be 
established, Mr. House (according to Mr. Howden) set up a body known as "The Inquiry" to draft a plan. Its 
head was his brother-in-law, Dr. Sidney Mezes (then president of the College of the City of New York), and 
its secretary a Mr. Walter Lippmann (then writing for The New Republic). A Dr. Isaiah Bowman (then director 
of the American Geographical Society) gave "personal advice and assistance". 

The group of men placed in charge of The Inquiry therefore was predominantly Jewish (though in this 
case not Russian-Jewish: this might indicate the true nature of the superior authority indicated by Dr. 
Kastein's allusion to "a Jewish international") and Jewish inspiration may thus reasonably be seen in the plan 
which it produced. This (says Mr. Howden) was a draft "Convention for a League of Nations" to which Mr. 
House put his signature in July 1918: "President Wilson was not, and never pretended to be, the author of the 
Covenant". Here, then, are the origins of the League of Nations. 

The Peace Conference loomed ahead when Mr. House prepared to launch this "new world order", and 
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Palestine (issues unknown to the masses when the 1914-1918 war began) were found to be high, if not 
paramount among the matters to be discussed at the conference which ended it. 


President Wilson, for this reason, seems to have known moments of exaltation between long periods 
of despondency. Rabbi Stephen Wise, at his side, depicted the Palestinean undertaking in such terms that the 
president, entranced, soliloquised, "To think that I, a son of the manse, should be able to help restore the 
Holy Land to its people". While he thus contemplated himself in the mirror of posterity the rabbi beside him 
compared him with the Persian King Cyrus, who had enabled the exiled Jews of his land to return to 
Jerusalem". King Cyrus had allowed native Judahites, if they wished, to return to Judah after some fifty years; 
President Wilson was required to transplant Judaized Chazars from Russia to a land left by the original Jews 
some eighteen centuries before. 

Across the Atlantic Dr. Weizmann made ready for the Peace Conference. He was then evidently one 
of the most powerful men in the world, a potentate (or emissary of potentates) to whom the "premier- 
dictators" of the West made humble obeisance. At a moment in 1918 when the fate of England was in the 
balance on the stricken Western Front an audience of the King of England was postponed. Dr. Weizmann 
complained so imperiously that Mr. Balfour at once restored the appointment; save for the place of meeting, 
which was Buckingham Palace, Mr. Weizmann seems in fact to have given audience to the monarch. During 
the Second World War the Soviet dictator Stalin, being urged by the Western leaders to take account of the 
influence of the Pope, asked brusquely, "How many divisions has the Pope?". Such at least was the anecdote, 
much retold in clubs and pubs, and to simple folk it seemed to express essential truth in a few words. Dr. 
Weizmann's case shows how essentially untrue it was. He had not a single soldier, but he and the 
international he represented were able to obtain capitulations never before won save by conquering armies. 

He disdained the capitulants and the scene of his triumphs alike. He wrote to Lady Crewe, "We hate 
equally anti-semites and philo-semites" . Mr. Balfour, Mr. Lloyd George and the other "friends" were philo- 
semites of the first degree, in Dr. Weizmann's meaning of the word, and excelled themselves in sentience to 
the man who despised them. As to England itself, Dr. Weizmann two decades later, when he contemplated 
the wild beasts in the Kruger National Park, soliloquised, "It must be a wonderful thing to be an animal on the 
South African game reserve; much better than being a Jew in Warsaw or even in London". 

In 1918 Dr. Weizmann decided to inspect his realm-elect. When he reached Palestine the German 
attack in France had begun, the depleted British armies were reeling back, and "most of the European troops 
in Palestine were being withdrawn to reinforce the armies in France". At such a moment he demanded that 
the foundation stone of a Hebrew University be laid with all public ceremony. Lord Allenby protested that 
"the Germans are almost at the gates of Paris!" Dr. Weizmann replied that this was "only one episode". Lord 
Allenby obdured; Dr. Weizmann persisted; Lord Allenby under duress referred to Mr. Balfour and was at once 
ordered by cable to obey. With great panoply of staff 

[287] officers, troops and presented arms (disturbed only by the sounds of distant British-Turkish fighting) 
Dr. Weizmann then held his ceremony on Mount Scopus. . 

(I remember those days in France. Even half a million more British soldiers there would have 
transformed the battle; a multitude of lives would have been saved, and the war probably ended sooner. The 
French and British ordeal in France made a Zionist holiday in Palestine). 

When the war at last ended, on November 11, 1918, none other than Dr. Weizmann was at luncheon 
the sole guest of Mr. Lloyd George, whom he found "reading the Psalms and near to tears". Afterwards the 
Zionist chieftain watched from historic Ten Downing Street as the prime minister disappeared, borne 
shoulder high by a mafficking mob towards a Thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey. 

Masses and "managers"; did any among the crowd notice the high, domed head, with bearded face and 
heavy-lidded eyes watching from the window of Ten Downing Street? 

Then Dr. Weizmann led a Zionist delegation to the Peace Conference of 1919 where "the new world 
order" was to be set up. He informed the august Council of Ten that "the Jews had been hit harder by the war 
than any other group"; the politicians of 1919 made no demur to this insult to their millions of dead. However, a 
remonstrant Jew, Mr. Sylvain Levi of France, at the last moment tried to instil prudence in them. He told 

First, that Palestine was a small, poor land with an existing population of 600,000 Arabs, and that the 
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would go to Palestine would be mainly 'Russian Jews, who were of explosive tendencies; third, that the creation of a 
Jewish national home in Palestine would introduce the dangerous principle of Jewish dual loyalties. 

These three warnings have been fulfilled to the letter, and were heard with hostility by the Gentile 
politicians assembled at the Peace Conference of 1919. Mr. Lansing, the American Secretary of State, at once 
gave M. Levi his quietus. He asked Dr. Weizmann, "What do you mean by a Jewish national home?" Dr. 
Weizmann said he meant that, always safeguarding the interests of non-Jews, Palestine would ultimately become "as 
Jewish as England is English". Mr. Lansing said this absolutely obscure reply was "absolutely clear", the Council 
of Ten nodded agreement, and M. Levi, like all Jewish remonstrants for twenty-five centuries, was 
discomfited. (He was only heard at all to maintain a pretence of impartial consideration; Rabbi Wise, 
disquietened by "the difficulties we had to face in Paris", had already made sure of President Wilson's docility. 
Approaching the president privately, he said, "Mr. President, World Jewry counts on you in its hour of need 
and hope", thus excommunicating M. Levi and the Jews who thought like him. Mr. Wilson, placing his hand 
on the rabbi's 

[288] shoulder, "quietly and firmly said, 'Have no fear, Palestine will be yours'.") 

One other man tried to avert the deed which these men, with frivolity, were preparing. Colonel 
Lawrence loved Semites, for he had lived with the Arabs and roused them in the desert against their Turkish 
rulers. He was equally a friend of Jews (Dr. Weizmann says "he has mistakenly been represented as anti- 
Zionist") and believed that "a Jewish homeland" (in the sense first given to the term, of a cultural centre) 
could well be incorporated in the united Arab State for which he had worked. 

Lawrence saw in Paris that what was intended was to plant Zionist nationalism like a time-bomb 
among a clutter of weak Arab states, and the realization broke him. Mr. David Garnett, who edited his Eetters 
, says, "Lawrence won his victories without endangering more than a handful of Englishmen and they were 
won, not to add subject provinces to our empire, but that the Arabs whom he had lived with and loved 
should be a free people, and that Arab civilization should be reborn". 

That was Lawrence's faith during his "Revolt in the Desert", and what the men who sent him to 
Arabia told him. When the Paris Conference began he was "fully in control of his nerves and quite as normal 
as most of us" (Mr. J.M. Keynes). He arrived believing in President Wilson's pledge (speech of the Fourteen 
Points, January 8, 1918), "The nationalities under Turkish rule should be assured an undoubted security of life and 
an absolutely independent opportunity of autonomous development" . He could not know that these words were false, 
because Mr. Wilson was secretly committed to Zionism, through the men around him. 

After Dr. Weizmann's reply to Mr. Lansing, and its approval by the Council of Ten, the betrayal 
became clear to Lawrence and he showed "the disillusion and the bitterness and the defeat resulting from the 
Peace Conference; he had complete faith that President Wilson would secure self-determination for the Arab 
peoples when he went to the Peace Conference; he was completely disillusioned when he returned" (Mr. 
Garnett). Lawrence himself later wrote, "We lived many lives in those whirling campaigns" (in the desert) 
"never sparing ourselves any good or evil; yet when we achieved and the new world dawned the old men came 
out again and took from us our victory and remade it in the likeness of the former world they knew ... I meant to make a 
new nation, to restore to the world a lost influence, to give twenty millions of Semites the foundations on 
which to build an inspired dream-palace of their national thoughts". 

Lawrence, who was broken by this experience, was then among the most famous men in the world. 
Had he joined the dissimulators hardly any rank or honour would have been refused him. He threw up his 
rank, and away his decorations, and tried from shame even to lose his identity; he enlisted under an assumed 
name in the lowest rank of the Royal Air Force, where he was later discovered by an assiduous newspaper 
man. This last phase of his life, and the 

[289] motor-bicycle accident which ended it, have a suicidal look (resembling the similar phase and end of 
Mr. James Forrestal after the Second War) and he must be accounted among the martyrs of this story. 

The leading public men were agreed to promote the Zionist adventure through the "international 
world order" which they were about to found, at any cost in honour and human suffering. In nearly all other 
questions they differed, so that, the war hardly ended, reputations began bursting like bubbles and friendships 
cracking like plaster, in Paris. Some breach occurred between President Wilson and his "second personality, 
independent self (a similar, mysterious estrangement was to sever President Roosevelt and his other self, Mr. 
Harry Hopkins, at the end of another war). 

Mr. House was at his zenith. Prime ministers, ministers, ambassadors and delegates besieged him at the 
Hotel Crillon; in a single day he gave forty-nine audiences to such high notables. Once the French Prime 

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Minister, M. Clemenceau, called when Mr. Wilson was with Mr. House; the president was required to 
withdraw while the two great men privately conferred. Perhaps humiliation at last broke Mr. Woodrow 
Wilson; he was stricken by mortal illness in Paris (as Mr. Franklin Roosevelt at Yalta, though Mr. Wilson 
survived rather longer). Apparently the two never saw or communicated with each other again! Mr. House 
merely recorded, "My separation from Woodrow Wilson was and is to me a tragic mystery, a mystery that 
now can never be dispelled for its explanation lies buried with him". 

The illusions of power were dissolving. These men were never truly powerful, because they acted as 
the instruments of others. They already look wraithlike in the annals, and if the squares and boulevards 
named after them still bear their names, few remember who they were. Mr. Wilson returned to America and 
soon died. Mr. House before long was lonely and forgotten in the apartment in East 35th Street. Mr. Lloyd 
George found himself in the political wilderness and was only able to complete the ruin of a once-great 
Liberal party; within a decade he found himself at the head of four followers. Mr. Balfour, for a few more 
years, absent-mindedly haunted Saint James's Park. 

They were not able to accomplish all that their mentors wished. Shaken by the violence of American 
objections, Mr. Wilson "absolutely declined to accept the French demand for the creation of an international 
force that should operate under the executive control of the league". The American Constitution (the president 
suddenly recollected) did not permit of any such surrender of sovereignty. 

Thus the worst was averted, in that generation. The secret men, who continued to be powerful when 
these "premier-dictators" and pliable "administrators" were shorn of their semblance of power, had to wait for 
the Second World War to get their hands on the armies of the nation-states. Then they achieved their 
"League to enforce peace" almost (but still not quite) in the fullness of despotic 

[290] power coveted by them. In 1919 they had to content themselves with a modest first experiment: The 
League Of Nations. 

The United States would not even join it; the masses of America, disquietened by the results of the war 
and instinctively striving to regain the safe haven of "no foreign entanglements", would have none of it. 
Britain joined, but under other prime ministers than Mr. Lloyd George would not hand over control of its 
armies. The way to the kind of "new world order" envisaged by Mr. House and his prompters was blocked 
for the time being. Nevertheless a way was found, through the League of Nations, to effect one fateful, and 
possibly fatal breach in British sovereignty. 

The authority of this "League of Nations", whatever it amounted to, was used to cover the use of 
British troops as a bodyguard for the Zionists intending to seize Palestine. The device employed to give this 
mock-legal air to the deed was called "the mandate", and I have earlier shown where it was born. By means of 
it the League of Nations was able to install the Zionists from Russia in Arabia, where they revealed the 
"explosive tendencies" foretold by M. Sylvain Levi in 1919 and apparent to all today, in 1956. This was the 
sole, enduring accomplishment of the "new world order" set up in 1919 and by the ancient test, Cui bono?, the 
authorship of this "idea" may be judged. 

The story of "The mandate" (and of a man who tried to avert it) therefore forms the next chapter in 
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Chapter 34 


During the three years which followed the Peace Conference of 1919 the way had to be found to keep 
British armies in Palestine, make them look as if they performed an honourable duty there, and in fact use 
them as cloak for a deed which had the character of an assassination. This problem, of infinite complexity, 
was efficiently solved. An impressive picture of the secret manipulation of great governments for a nefarious 
purpose emerges from the records; the method of exerting "irresistible pressure upon international politics" 
constantly improved with practice. 

After the Peace Conference had approved the Zionist claim to Palestine (and thereby disowned the 
mass of emancipated Western Jews, personified by M. Sylvain Levi) the next step was taken at the San Remo 
Conference of 1920, where the victor powers met to dismember the conquered Turkish Empire. This 
conference adopted the ingenious deception invented by Dr. Weizmann in 1915 and agreed that Britain 
should administer Palestine under "a mandate". 

Protests against the undertaking then were growing loud, because its true nature was beginning to be 
realized, but Mr. Balfour assured Dr. Weizmann that "they were regarded as without importance and would 

certainly not affect policy, which had been definitely set". 

Here is the cryptic statement, often to recur later, that policy in this one question must not, cannot and 
never will alter, so that national interest, honour and all other considerations are irrelevant. I know of no 
other case where an unalterable tenet of high State policy has been fixed without regard to State interest or 
consultation of public opinion at any stage. At San Remo Mr. Lloyd George was worried lest "the frost" of 
peace should set in before the secret purpose was accomplished, and told Dr. Weizmann, "You have no time 
to waste. Today the world is like the Baltic before a firost. For the moment it is still in motion. But if it gets set, 
you will have to batter your heads against the ice blocks and wait for a second thaw". Had Mr. Lloyd George 
said "second war" he would have been correct and possibly that was what he meant by "thaw". In these 
circumstances the San Remo Conference "confirmed the Balfour Declaration and the decision to give the mandate 
to Great Britain". After that only one step remained between the Zionists and their goal; the League of Nations 
had to invent "mandates", bestow on itself the right to bestow mandates, and then "ratify" this Mandate. 

That happened in 1922, as will be seen, but during the interval protests against the deed came from 
every responsible authority or community directly involved. The forces engaged in promoting it were three: the directing 
Zionists from Russia, the "philo-semites" in high places whom Dr. Weizmann "hated" while he used them, 
and, among the masses, that body of sentimental liberals scathingly depicted in the Protocols. Against it was 
ranked authoritative and 

[292] experienced opinion in such overwhelming measure that, had the question been any other than this one 
to which the "administrators" were secretly committed, it would have collapsed. The mass of protest was so 
great that it is enumerated in its parts here for comparison with the summary which follows. It came from (1) 
the Palestinean Arabs; (2) the Palestinean Jews; (3) the chief Zionist leader in America, as well as' the anti- 
Zionist Jews of America and England; (4) the British officials and soldiers in Palestine; (5) British and 
American official investigators; (6) a large body of the press, then still free of occult control in this matter. 

(1) The Arabs saw from the start what was in store for them, for they knew the Torah. Dr. Weizmann 
had told the Peace Conference "The Bible is our mandate", and they knew about "the God of the Jews" and 
his promises of pogrom and reward: "When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou 
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thou; and when the Lord thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt 
utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them" (Deuteronomy 7, 1-3). 

Thus Zionism, and Western support of it, meant extermination for them under a Law of 2,500 years 
earlier (and the events of 1948 proved this). In 1945 King Ibn Saoud told President Roosevelt, "You have 
fought two world wars to discover what we have known for two thousand years" and in 1948 the intention 
literally to fulfil the above-quoted "statute and commandment" was proved by deed. Significantly, even anti- 
Zionist Jews could not believe, before it happened, that this literal "fulfilment" was intended. In 1933 Mr. 
Bernard J. Brown correctly cited the above-mentioned passage as the reason for Arab fears and said, "Of 
course, the uncultured Arabs do not understand that the modem jew does not take his Bib/ e literally and would not be 
so cruel to his fellow man, but he suspects that if the Jews bottom their claim to Palestine on the strength of their 
historic rights to that land, they can only do so on the authority of the BJb/e, and the Arab refuses to reject any part of it", 
Mr. Brown of Chicago did not know the Chazars). 

The Arabs in 1920 were not deceived by Mr. Balfour's public pledge (in the Declaration) that their "civil 
and religious rights" would be protected or by Mr. Wilson's public pledge (the Fourteen Points) that they 
would have "undoubted security of life" and "absolutely independent opportunity of autonomous 
development". If they did not know, they guessed that Mr. Balfour, Mr. Lloyd George and Mr. Wilson had 
secretly promised the Zionists Palestine, Knowing the Torah, they equally disbelieved the public statement of Mr. 
Winston Churchill in 1922 (when he was Colonial Secretary), "Unauthorized statements have been made to 
the effect that the purpose in vie w is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine.' Phrases have been used such as 
'Palestine is to become as Jewish as England is English' " (a direct rebuke to Dr. Weizmann) "His Majesty's 
government regard any such suggestion as impracticable and have no such aim in 

[293] view. Nor have they at any time contemplated the disappearance or subordination of the Arabic 
population, language or culture in Palestine" (in the Second World War, as Prime Mnister, and after it as 
Opposition leader Mr. Churchill gave his support to the process here denied). 

(2) The original Jewish community of Palestine (never taken into consideration at any stage in all these 
proceedings) was violently anti- Zionist. Dr. Weizmann, almost alone among his fellow-Zionists and the 
Western politicians associated with them, had slight acquaintance with these original Jews, having made one 
or two brief visits to Palestine; he says most of his fellow- Zionists from Russia were "completely ignorant" of 
them. At this period in 1919-1922 the Zionist leaders first learned that the Jews of Palestine held them to be 
"heathen, impious, heartless, ignorant and malevolent". Dr. Weizmann (whose attitude is the familiar one that 
he was only acting for their good; "we were only anxious to make conditions a little modern and comfortable 
for them") was "rather horrified to discover how remote from them we remained'. He dismisses them as old fogies 
who, annoyingly, bombarded the Jewish organizations in America with complaints about the Zionists, "quite 
ninety percent" of their letters being violently hostile. (Typically, Dr. Weizmann learned of the contents of 
these letters from a British censor, derelict in his duty, who showed them to him). These protests of the 
native Arabs and native Jews of Palestine were ignored by the politicians of Paris and San Remo. 

(3) Mr. Louis Brandeis in 1919visited the country which then, for twenty years, had formed the object 
of his revived interest in Judaism. He was at once disillusioned by actual acquaintance with the unknown land 
and decided that "it would be wrong to encourage immigration". He urged that the World Zionist 
Organization should be greatly reduced, if not abolished, and that future activity should be restricted to the 
modest task of building up a "Jewish Homeland" through separate Zionist associations in the various 
countries. In effect this would have been simply a "cultural centre" in Palestine, consisting perhaps of a 
university and academies, and of somewhat more numerous farm settlements, with reasonable means of 
immigration for the small number of Jews who, of their own volition, might wish to go to Palestine. 

This meant abandoning the concept of separate Jewish nationhood symbolized by a Jewish State, and 
was treason. It was (as Dr. Weizmann says) a revival of he old cleavage between "east" and "west"; between 
"Ostjuden" and emancipated Western Jews; between "Washington" and "Pinsk" (the name of the author of the 
phrase about "international pressure" was significant, not coincidental). 

The Zionists from Russia overthrew Mr. Brandeis as easily as Dr. Herzl in 1903-4. Mr. Brandeis made 
the proposal summarized above to the Cleveland Congress of American Zionists in 1921. Dr. Weizmann, 
opposing, insisted on "a national fund" (that is, revenue to be raised by the self-appointed government of 
[294] a Jewish nation from obligatory tithe-payments by members of the Zionist organization) and "a national 
budget". Mr. Brandeis's weakness was precisely that of Dr. Herzl in 1903; the great Western governments 
were committed to the Zionists from Russia. The congress, which if it was in any way "elected" was elected by 
about one-tenth of the Jews of America, upheld Dr. Weizmann and Dr. Brandeis fell from his high place. 

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(4) In Palestine the British soldiers and officials saw that an impossible task was to be inflicted on 
them. They were of a stock that had gained more experience in the administration of overseas territories than 
any other in history, and experience and instinct alike warned them. They knew how to administer a country 
justly on behalf of all its native peoples and had often done this. They knew that no country could be justly 
administered, or even kept quiet, if alien immigrants were to be forced into it and the native peoples 
compelled to allow this. Their protests, too, began to flow towards London and until the end, thirty years 
later, were ignored. The Arabs from the start accepted the bitter truth and began (in 1920) to resist by riot, 
rising and every means at hand; they have never since ceased and obviously will not until their grievance is 
amended or they are all put in permanent, armed captivity. 

(5) As the "front-rank politicians" (Dr. Weizmann's phrase) in London and Washington were resolved 
at any cost to implant the Zionists in Palestine, without regard to any protest, opinion or counsel whatever, 
today's student might wonder why President Wilson and Mr. Lloyd George sent commissions of investigation 
to the land bartered about by them. If they hoped to receive encouraging reports (in the manner of Sir Henry 
Wilson's "mud-months" advice) they were deceived, for these investigators merely confirmed what the Arabs, 
Jews and British in Palestine all had said. President Wilson's King-Crane Commission (1919) reported that 
"the Zionist look forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine". This 
commission added, "by various forms of purchase"; the more experienced British officers heard by it correctly 
informed it that "the Zionist programme could not be carried out except by force of arms". Mr. Lloyd George's 
Haycraft Commission (1921) reported that the real root of the trouble then starting in Palestine lay in the 
justified Arab belief that the Zionists intended to dominate in Palestine. 

(6) By far the greatest obstacle to the Zionist ambition cam e from factual reporting in the press of 
what was happening in Palestine and from editorial comment adverse to Zionism. At any time up to the 
1914-1918 war the American and British governments, before they went too far, would have had to reckon 
with public opinion, accurately informed by the newspapers. The corruption of the press (foretold by the 
Protocols) began with the censorship introduced during the First World War; the rise of the directing power 
behind the scenes had been shown by the cases of Colonel Repington, Mr. H.A. Gwynne and Mr. Robert 
[295] Wilton in 1917-1918; experienced correspondents were driven to resign or to write books because their 
reports were ignored, burked, or suppressed; an editor who published the faithful report without submission 
to the censorship was prosecuted. 

In 1919-1922 the censorship was ending and the newspapers naturally reverted, in the main, to the 
earlier practice of true reporting and impartial comment on the facts reported. This re-established the former 
check on governmental policies, and if it had continued would undoubtedly have thwarted the Zionist 
project, which could not be maintained if it were open to public scrutiny. Therefore the entire future for the 
Zionists, at this crucial moment when "the Mandate" still was not "ratified", turned on the suppression of 
adverse newspaper information and comment. At that very juncture an event occurred which produced that 
result. By reason of this great effect on the future, and by its own singular nature, the event (denoted in the 
heading to the present chapter) deserves relation in detail here. 

At that stage in the affair England was of paramount importance to. the conspirators (I have shown 
that Dr. Weizmann and Mr. House both used this word) and in England the energetic Lord Northcliffe was a 
powerful man. The former Alfred Harmsworth, bulky and wearing a dank Napoleonic forelock, owned the 
two most widely read daily newspapers, various other journals and periodicals, and in addition was majority 
proprietor of the most influential newspaper in the world, at that time, The Times of London. Thus he had 
direct access to millions of people each day and, despite his business acumen, he was by nature a great 
newspaper editor, courageous, combative and patriotic. He was sometimes right and sometimes wrong in the 
causes he launched or espoused, but he was independent and unpurchasable. Re somewhat resembled Mr. 
Randolph Hearst and Colonel Robert McCormick in America, which is to say that he would do many things 
to increase the circulation of his newspapers, but only within the limits of national interest; he would not 
peddle blasphemy, obscenity, libel or sedition. Re could not be cowed and was a force in the land. 

Lord Northcliffe made himself the adversary of the conspiracy from Russia in two ways. In May 1920 
he caused to be printed in The Times the article, previously mentioned, on the Protocols. It was headed, "The 
Jewish Peril, A Disturbing Pamphlet, Call for Enquiry". It concluded, "An impartial investigation of these 
would-be documents and of their history is most desirable . . . are we to dismiss the whole matter without 
inquiry and to let the influence of such a book as this work unchecked?" 

Then in 1922 Lord Northcliffe visited Palestine, accompanied by a journalist, Mr. J.M.N. Jeffries 
(whose subsequent book, Palestine: The Reality, remains the classic work of reference for that period). This was. 

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a combination of a different sort from that formed by the editors of The Times and Manchester Guardian, who 
wrote their leading article s about Palestine in England and in consultation with 

[296] the Zionist chieftain, Dr. Weizmann. Lord Northcliffe, on the spot, reached the same conclusion as all 
other impartial investigators, and wrote, "In my opinion we, without sufficient thought, guaranteed Palestine 
as a home for the Jews despite the fact that 700,000 Arab Moslems live there and own it . . . The Jews seemed 
to be under the impression that all England was devoted to the one cause of Zionism, enthusiastic for it in 
fact; and I told them that this was not so and to be careful that they do not tire out our people by secret 
importation of arms to fight 700,000 Arabs. . . There will be trouble in Palestine. . . people dare not tell the Jews the truth here. 
They have had some from me". 

By stating this truth, Lord Northcliffe offended twice; he had already entered the forbidden room by 
demanding "inquiry" into the origins of the Protocols. Moreover, he was able to publish this truth in the 
mass-circulation newspapers owned by him, so that he became, to the conspirators, a dangerous man. He 
encountered one obstacle in the shape of Mr. Wickham Steed, who was editor of The Times and whose 
championship of Zionism Dr. Weizmann records. 

In this contest Lord Northcliffe had an Achilles heel. He particularly wanted to get the truth about 
Palestine into The Times, but he was not sole proprietor of that paper, only chief proprietor. Thus his own 
newspapers published his series of articles about Palestine but The Times, in fact, refused to do so. Mr. 
Wickham Steed" though he had made such large proposals about the future of Palestine, declined to go there, 
and denied publicity to the anti-Zionist case. 

These facts, and all that now follows, are related (again, with surprising candour) in the Official History 
of The Times (1952). It records that Mr. Wickham Steed "evaded" visiting Palestine when Lord Northcliffe 
requested him to go there; it also records Mr, Wickham Steed's "inaction" following Lord Northcliffe's 
telegraphed wish "for a leading article attacking Balfour's attitude towards Zionism". 

In what follows the reader' s attention is particularly directed to dates. 

In May 1920 Lord Northcliffe had caused publication of the article about the Protocols in The Times. 
Early in 1 922 he visited Palestine and produced the series of article s above mentioned. On February 26, 1 922 
he left Palestine, after his request, which was ignored, to. the editor of The Times. He was incensed against the 
incompliant editor and had a message, strongly critical of his editorial policy, read to an editorial conference 
which met on March 2, 1922. Lord Northcliffe wished that Mr. Wickham Steed should resign and was 
astonished that he remained after this open rebuke. The editor, instead of resigning, decided "to secure a 
lawyer's opinion on the degree of provocation necessary to constitute unlawful dismissal". For this purpose 
he consulted Tord Northcliffe's own special legal adviser (March 7, .1922), who informed Mr. Wickham Steed that 
Lord Northcliffe was "abnormal", "incapable of business" and, judging from his appearance, "unlikely to live 
long" and advised the editor to continue in his post! The editor then went to Pau, in France, to see Lord 
Northcliffe, in his turn 

[297] decided that Lord Northcliffe was "abnormal" (March 31, 1922), and informed a director of The Times 
that Lord Northcliffe was "going mad". 

The suggestion of madness thus was put out by an editor whom Lord Northcliffe desired to remove 
and the impressions of others therefore are obviously relevant. On May 3, 1922 Lord Northcliffe attended a 
farewell luncheon in London for a retiring editor of one of his papers and "was in fine form". On May 11, 1922 
he made "an excellent and effective speech" to the Empire Press Union and "most people who had thought him 'abnormal' 
believed they were mistaken". A few days later Lord Northcliffe telegraphed instruction s to the Managing 
Director of The Times to arrange for the editor's resignation. This Managing Director saw nothing "abnormal" 
in such an instruction and was not "in the least anxious about Northcliffe's health ". Another director, who then 
saw him, "considered him to have quite as good a life risk as his own"; he "noticed nothing unusual in Northcliffe's manner or 
appearance" (May 24, 1922). 

On June 8,1922 Lord Northcliffe, from Boulogne, asked Mr. Wickham Steed to meet him in Paris; they 
met there on June 11, 1922, and Lord Northcliffe told his visitor that he, Lord Northcliffe, would assume the 
editorship of The Times. On June 12,1922 the whole party left for Evian-les-Bains, a doctor being secreted on 
the train, as far as the Swiss frontier, by Mr. Wickham Steed. Arrived in Switzerland "a brilliant French nerve 
specialist" (unnamed) was summoned and in the evening certified Lord Northcliffe insane. On the strength 
of this Mr. Wickham Steed cabled instructions to The Times to disregard and not to publish anything received 
from Lord Northcliffe, and on June 13, 1922 he left, never to see Lord Northcliffe again. On June 18, 1922 
Lord Northcliffe returned to London and was in fact removed from all control of, and even communication 
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to prevent him entering the office of The Times if he were able to reach it. All this, according to the Official 
History, was on the strength of certification in a foreign country (Switzerland) by an unnamed (French) 
doctor. On August 14, 1922 Lord North cliffe died; the cause of death stated was ulcerative endocarditis, and 
his age was fifty-seven. He was buried, after a service at Westminster Abbey, amid a great array of mourning 

Such is the story as I have taken it from the official publication. None of this was known outside a 
small circle at the time; it only emerged in the Official History after three decades, and if it had all been 
published in 1922 would presumably have called forth many questions. I doubt if any comparable 
displacement of a powerful and wealthy man can be adduced, at any rate in such mysterious circumstances. 

For the first time, I now appear in this narrative as a personal witness of events. In the 1914-1918 war 
I was one participant among uncomprehending millions, and only began to see its true shape long afterwards. 
In 1922 I was for an instant in, though not of the inner circle; looking back, I see myself closeted with Lord 
[298] Northcliffe (about to die) and quite ignorant of Zionism, Palestine, Protocols or any other matter in 
which he had raised his voice. My testimony may be of some interest; I cannot myself judge of its value. 

I was in 1922 a young man fresh from the war who struggled to find a place in the world and had 
become a clerk in the office of The Times. I was summoned thence, in that first week of June when Lord 
Northcliffe was preparing to remove Mr. Wickham Steed and himself assume the editorship of The Times, to 
go as secretary to Lord Northcliffe who was at Boulogne. I was warned beforehand that he was an unusual 
man whose every bidding must be quickly done. Possibly for that reason, everything he did seemed to me to 
be simply the expression of his unusual nature. No suspicion of anything more ever came to me, a week 
before he was "certified" and, in effect, put in captivity. 

I was completely ignorant of "abnormal" conditions, so that the expert might discount my testimony. 
Anyway, the behaviour I observed was just what I had been told to expect by those who had worked with 
him for many years. There was one exception to this. Lord Northcliffe was convinced that his life was in 
danger and several time said this; specifically, he said he had been poisoned. If this is in itself madness, then 
he was mad, but in that case many victims of poisoning have died of madness, not of what was fed to them. 
If by any chance it was true, he was not mad. I remember that 1 thought it feasible that such a man should 
have dangerous enemies, though at that time I had no inkling at all of any particular hostility he might have 
incurred. His belief certainly charged him with suspicion of those around him, but if by chance he had reason 
for it, then again it was not madness; if all this had transpired in the light of day such things could have been 
thrashed out. 

I cannot judge, and can only record what I saw and thought at the time, as a young man who had no 
more idea of what went on around him than a babe knows the shape of the world. When I returned to 
London I was questioned about Lord Northcliffe by his brother, Lord Rothermere, and one of his chief 
associates, Sir George Sutton. The thought of madness must by that time have been in their minds (the 
"certification" had ensued) and therefore have underlain their questions, but not even then did any such 
suspicion occur to me, although I had been one of the last people to see him before he was certified and 
removed from control of his newspapers. I did not know of that when I saw them or for long afterwards. In 
such secrecy was all this done that, although I continued in the service of The Times for sixteen years, I only 
learned of the "madness" and "certification" thirty years late , from the Official History, By that time I was able to 
see what great consequences had flowed from an affair in which I was an uninitiated onlooker at the age of 

Lord Northcliffe therefore was out of circulation, and of the control of his newspapers, during the 
decisive period preceding the ratification of "the mandate" by the League of Nations, which clinched the 
Palestinean transaction 

[299] and bequeathed the effects of it to our present generation: The opposition of a widely-read chain of 
journals at that period might have changed the whole course of events. After Lord Northcliffe died the 
possibility of editorials in The Times "attacking Balfour's attitude towards Zionism" faded. From that time the 
submission of the press, in the manner described by the Protocols, grew ever more apparent and in time 
reached the condition which prevails today, when faithful reporting and impartial comment on this question 
has long been, in suspense. 

Lord Northcliffe was removed from control of his newspapers and put under constraint on June 18, 
1922; on July 24, 1922 the Council of the League of Nations met in London, secure from any possibility of 
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to instal the Zionists there (I describe what events have shown to be the fact; the matter was not so depicted 
to the public, of course)., 

This act of "ratifying" the "mandate" was in such circumstances a formality. The real work, of drawing 
up the document and of ensuring that it received approval, had been done in advance, in the firs t matter by 
drafters inspired by Dr. Weizmann and in the second by Dr. Weizmann himself in the ante-chambers of 
many capitals. The members of Mr. House's "Inquiry" had drafted the Covenant of the League of Nations; 
Dr. Weizmann, Mr. Brandeis, Rabbi Stephen Wise and their associates had drafted the Balfour Declaration; 
now the third essential document had to be drafted, one of a kind that history never knew before. Dr. 
Weizmann pays Lord Curzon (then British Foreign Secretary) the formal compliment of saying that he was 
"in charge of the actual drafting of the mandate" but adds, "on our side we had the valuable assistance of Mr. 
Ben V. Cohen. . . one of the ablest draughtsmen in America". Thus a Zionist in America (Mr. Cohen was to 
play an important part in a much later stage of this process) in fact drafted a document under which "the new 
world order" was to dictate British policy, the use of British troops and the future of Palestine. 

Lord Curzon 's part was merely to moderate the terms of the "mandate" if he could, and he did 
achieve minor modifications, though these had little effect on events in the long run. An able statesman (not a 
politician) who looked like a Roman emperor, he was "entirely loyal to the policy adopted and meant to stand 
by the Balfour Declaration" (Dr. Weizmann), but was known personally to disapprove the project which duty 
required him to further (this might be the reason why he never became Prime Minister, for which office he 
was highly qualified). He contrived to delete one word from the draft. Dr. Weizmann and Mr. Cohen desired 
it to begin, "Recognizing the historic rights of the Jews to Palestine. . ." Lord Curzon said, "If you word it like 
that, I can see Weizmann coming to me every day and saying he has a right to do this, that or the other in 
Palestine! I won't have it". Thus "historical rights" became "historical connection", a lesser misstatement; 
Lord Curzon, a scholar certainly did not 

[300] believe that the Chazars from Russia had any historical connection with the Arabian Peninsula. 

Dr. Weizmann, while the draft was thus being prepared, set off on another international tour, to 
ensure that all members of the Council of the League of Nations would inaugurate "the new world order" by 
voting for "the Mandate". He called first on the Italian Foreign Mnister, one Signor Schanzer, who said the 
Vatican was worried about the future, under Zionism, of the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem. Dr. 
Weizmann, in the tone habitual among his associates when they spoke of things holy to others, says, "My 
education in Church history having been deficient, I did not know why the Italians laid such stress on the 
Room of the Last Supper".* 

Dr. Weizmann was able to reassure Signor Schanzer and left Rome assured of Italian support. After 
that the thing became a landslide and from that time on the "votes" of the League of Nations (and of the 
later "United Nations") in vital questions were always arranged beforehand by this method of secret 
canvassing, lobbying and "irresistible pressure" in general. Dr. Weizmann went on to Berlin and found a 
famous Jewish minister there, Dr. Walter Rathenau, to be violently opposed to Zionism. He "deplored any 
attempt to turn the Jews of Germany 'into a foreign body on the sands of the Mark of Brandenburg': that was 
all he could see in Zionism". Dr. Rathenau was murdered soon after this, so that the cause of the 
emancipated Western Jews was deprived of another notable champion. 

By his journeys and visits Dr. Weizmann at last assured himself, in advance of the meeting, of all votes 
at the Council table save two, those of Spain and Brazil. He then called in London, on the Spanish dignitary 
who was to represent Spain and said, "Here is Spain's opportunity to repay in part that long-outstanding debt 
which it owes to the Jews. The evil which your forefathers were guilty of against us you can wipe out in part". 

Dr. Weizmann was cautious, twice using the words "in part". His host, whose duty was to 
contemporary Spain, was being allured with the suggestion which had earlier fascinated Mr. Balfour; that 
Spain owed some indeterminate "debt" to "the Jews", for all of whom his visitor claimed to speak, and that 
by wiping out Arab hopes in Palestine he could wipe out (in part) this debt said to have been incurred by 
Spain. Considered by standards of reason these conversations read like something from the Mad Hatter's 
Tea-Party. In any case, the Spanish representative promised the vote of Spain and, for full measure, also that of 

*By 1950 the Zionists had opened a "Cellar of the Catastrophe" on a lower floor of the same building as a place of 
pilgrimage for Jews. A legend at the entrance said. "Entrance forbidden to those who have not strong nerves", The Chief 
Rabbi of South Africa after inspecting this place, wrote. "Everything is being done to develop and foster this new cult of 
Mount Zion; to provide a substitute for the Wailing Wall and an emotional out let for the religious feelings of the people. 
There seemed to me to be something un-Jewish in it, something which belonged rather to superstition than to true 
religions faith, .... I tremble to think of the effect of these completely apocryphal stories" (of miraculous cures) "on the 

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simple, pious and superstitious Jews of Yemen, Is there being developed a Jewish Lourdes? I hope not, but the signs are 

[301] Brazil, so that the chain of yesses was complete. Even Dr. Weizmann could not tell whether this happy 
ending to his visit was the result of his own eloquence or of pressure applied at a higher level (that of the 
Spanish delegate's superiors in Madrid). 

In England, as the moment approached, a last bid was made to avert British embroilment in this 
enterprise. Lords Sydenham, Islington and Raglan led an attack on "the mandate" in the House of Lords and 
by a large majority carried their motion for the repeal of the Balfour Declaration. However, the upper house, its earlier 
powers abolished, by that time could only protest, and Mr. Balfour (soon to become a lord) at once reassured 
Dr. Weizmann: "What does it matter if a few foolish lords pass such a motion?" 

After all this secret preparation the stage was set for the meeting of the League Council in London on 
July 24, 1922 and "everything went off smoothly when Mr. Balfour introduced the subject of the ratification 
of the Palestine Mandate". Without any demur Britain was awarded "the mandate" to remain in Palestine and 
to provide an armed cordon for the Zionists when they arrived there. * 

Thus in 1922 the British future was left burdened with an undertaking which had never received public 
scrutiny and during the next three decades the growing bills began to pour in. Early in the process America 
also was re-involved, although the general public there did not realize this for another thirty years. 

President Wilson was dead and his Democratic party was out of office. President Harding was at the 
White House and the Republican party was back in power. It had been swept back by the wave of popular 
feeling against the disappointing outcome of the war and of instinctive desire to be free from 
"entanglements" overseas. The country felt itself well out of the League of Nations and its mysterious 
activities all over the world. 

Then the Republican party led the Republic back in to the embroilments in which the Democratic 
party first had involved it. Presumably the party-managers, those architects of public misfortune, thought to 
compete with the other party for the favour of those powerful groups, and the "fluctuating vote" controlled 
by them, described in Mr. House's diary and novel. 

In June 1922, just before the League Council in London bestowed the Palestinean "Mandate" on 
Britain, the United States Congress passed a joint resolution of both houses, the wording of which was almost 
identical with that of the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Thereafter the Zionist halter was firmly reaffixed 

* The "mandates" also bestowed on Britain in respect of Iraq and Transjordan, and to France in respect of Syria, 
were soon relinquished, these territories becoming independent states. Other countries received "mandates" in respect of 
various colonial and oceanic territories, which in time and in fact became their possessions. These other "mandates" were 
from the start fictitious and served in the office of chaperones to tile dubious one which needed respectable company. Of 
the entire bogus arrangement only the Palestinean "mandate" continued until, the Zionists being numerous enough and 
sufficiently supplied with arms, it was abandoned and the country left to the invaders then able to take and hold it by force: 
The later "United Nations", for obvious reasons, did not resurrect the word "Mandate". It found another word, 
"Trusteeship", for the same idea, which is transparently that of transferring territories from one ownership to another 
through a sham process of "international law" and legality. 

[302] round the neck of American State policy, and though the American voter only realized this, it became 
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For ten years after the foisting of "the Mandate" on the British people the pretence was continued that 
the "Jewish National Home" in Palestine, under their protection, would be simply "a cultural centre" of 
Judaism, harmless to the Arabs; a Judaist Mecca with university, library and farm-settlements. The Arabs were 
never beguiled; they saw that they were the objects of an attempt to reinforce, in the 20th Century AD, the 
Law of violent dispossession set up by the Levites in the 5th Century BC They responded with riotous 
protest and warlike uprising which have never since ceased, so that "the war to end war" started warfare 
without end. 

At once it became apparent that Zionism had been inserted like a blasting charge into the life of 
peoples and that in "a small country the size of Wales or Vermont" (just "liberated" from the Turk) the time- 
fuse of a future world-conflict had been planted. Nevertheless, a new British Colonial Secretary, Mr. Leopold 
Amery, went to Palestine in 1925 and (he says) "frankly told the Arabs that there was no possibility of change in 
the British policy" (Jewish Telegraph Agency) . 

These words (like Mr. Balfour's earlier statement that British policy in this question was "definitely set") 
contain the central mystery and challenge. In what other issue in history was a reversal of policy ever declared 
to be impossible! 'This policy had been proved impossible of fulfilment, and disastrous. What power dictated that 
it must be pursued in those or any circumstances whatever? No British or American political leader ever 
explained this secret capitulation to the electorate, to Parliament or to Congress (in the 1950's statements 
similar to those of Mr. Balfour and Mr. Amery were often made in America, as will be seen). 

During this decade, when the project of the "national home" proved a fiasco, the Western politicians 
continued to congratulate themselves on what they had done. Mr. Lloyd George told an applauding Zionist 
audience in London: "I was brought up in a school where I was taught more about the history of the Jews 
than about the history of my own land". His day was ending, but candidates for his shoes hastened to declare 
their allegiance. A coming prime minister, Mr. Ramose Macdonald, though unable to attend this meeting, sent 
a message declaring support for Zionism; another, Mr. Stanley Baldwin, joined the circle of "friends" (Dr. 
Weizmann); In South Africa General Smuts saw in his "work for the Jews the justification of his life". 

Lord Balfour considered his Declaration the great achievement of his life and in 1925 first went to see 
the country he had been privately bartering for twenty years. He was (characteristically) a bad sailor and 
emerged pale from his cabin at Alexandria. At Tel Aviv he said (with intention to flatter) that the Herzliah 
High School boys "might have come from Harrow" and the mayor "might easily be the mayor of Liverpool 
or of Manchester", and he "opened" the still unbuilt 

[304] Hebrew University. He toured Palestine under strong guard and said his cordial reception reminded him 
of a general election "with everybody on the same side". Then (against Dr. Weizmann's pressing advice) he 
continued to Syria, where he was besieged by an Arab mob, clamant for his life, in the Victoria Hotel in 
Damascus, being rushed to the coast amid a strong escort of French cavalry and restored (still seasick) by 
ship to England. 

Mr. J.M.N. Jeffries records what went on in Palestine during this decade. The Zionists began to buy up 
Arab land (which under the Talmudic Law might never under any conditions be resold to Arabs). The Arabs 
cheerfully sold them some land but too well knew the Torah to yield enough for Palestine ever to be taken 
from them by simple purchase (as the too-simple King-Crane Commission had foreseen). Moreover, they 
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population nearly equal to them. From the start it was clear, as all experienced observers had stated, that they 
could only be dispossessed through a new world war. 

The intention to dispossess them was not admitted at that time. Mr. Churchill's White Paper of 1 922, 
indeed, proposed that they should be allowed to hold elections in their own country! Dr. Weizmann forbade 
this and thus was placed "in the curious position of seemingto oppose democratic rights to the Arabs"; he then 
complains that the Arabs, who drew the obvious conclusion from his denial of elections, were the victims of 
"the deliberate misrepresentation of Zionist aims". 

The uproar in Palestine caused the British government to send out more "investigators" (and again, 
one wonders why, if there was "no possibility of change" in British policy). The Shaw and Simpson 
Commissions followed the earlier King-Crane and Haycraft Commissions and, once they saw the facts, 
produced substantially the same reports. On this account Dr. Weizmann asks plaintively why "as often as a 
commission went out to Palestine to investigate" it was "an almost universal rule that such administrators as 
came out favourably inclined turned against us in a few months". 

The fiasco of the "national home" was so clear that even the politicians began to hedge. Mr. Lloyd 
George in 1925 told the Zionists publicly "any policy of expropriation or anything that suggests it will only 
make difficulties in the path of Zionism". Dr. Weizmann at once replied: "Mr. Lloyd George will believe me 
when I say that the Jews are the last people in the world to build their home on the back of somebody else. The Jews 
have suffered so much from injustice that they have learned their lesson and I can assure you that the Arabs will not 
suffer at our hands' ', Again "the word" invites comparison with "the deed" that ensued later. 

However, what happened in Palestine during this decade was all incidental to the greater purpose of 
retaining control over the politicians of London and Washington, so that "policy" there should continue to be 
"impossible to change". That, and not the success or failure of the "national home" in Palestine, 
[305] was decisive, and Dr. Weizmann at the end triumphed again. 

At this period he had to deal with a greater difficulty than any offered by the Western politicians: the 
alarm, and hostility, of that "World Jewry" which he and his associates from Russia claimed to represent. The 
emancipated Jews could have offered effective opposition to the Zionists if they had formed an anti-Zionist 
organization. They feared to do so, and this was their undoing. They did not want Zionist nationalism and a 
Jewish state, but they did want the Judaist Mecca, the cultural and religious centre, and feared that the term 
"anti-Zionist" would imply antagonism to that. Through this chink in their armour Dr. Weizmann unerringly 

His whole undertaking in Palestine was then near collapse. The "Mandate" provided that the British 
government would recognize his Zionist Organization as "an appropriate Jewish agency for the purpose of 
advising and co-operating with the administration of Palestine" in matters affecting "the establishment of the 
Jewish National Home". However, there was a qualification: this agency was "to take steps in consultation 
with His Britannic Majesty's government to secure the co-operation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the 
establishment of the Jewish National Home". 

As masses of Jews were openly opposed to Dr. Weizmann's Zionism, even he could not pretend that 
he spoke for them. Thus he transferred his canvassing from the antechambers of the Gentiles to the Jews and 
for eight years sped about the world in search of a solution to this problem, The great mass of emancipated 
Jews of the West resolutely opposed any project that might turn out to be one for the recreation of "a Jewish 

Then Dr. Weizmann found the riddle's answer. He coined the term "non- Zionist". The Jews in Britain 
remained aloof but those in America fell into the trap. "Non-Zionist" seemed to offer the best of both 
worlds; it would enable them to oppose Zionist nationalism while supporting the Judaist-Mecca idea. In 1928 
a group of Jews announced that they represented "the non- Zionists" and would work with Dr. Weizmann for 
"the upbuilding of Palestine". On this basis Dr. Weizmann in 1929 set up his "'Enlarged Jewish Agency", 
thereafter claiming that, by including "non-Zionists", it fulfilled all provisions of "the Mandate" and that he 
once more represented "all Jews". The dilemma from which Dr. Weizmann was rescued is shown by his 
words: he says he regarded the Zionist situation as "hopeless and helpless unless the non-Zionists came to the 

The Arabs at once saw that this "enlarged" Jewish agency would be the true government of Palestine 
and intensified their resistance. The result was that at last a British government felt forced to admit the fiasco 
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Jewish Agency. The "set" policy was "changed"! Dr. Weizmann, his authority reinforced by the recruitment of 
the "non- Zionists", struck at once. He gave audience to the British prime minister, then Mr. Ramsay 

[306] who behaved like a man held up by a gun; he not only revoked the White Paper but humbly asked Dr. 
Weizmann whom he should appoint as the next High Commissioner in Palestine. 

Thus the years that the Zionists have eaten continued. What these politicians feared, none can 
confidently say; their memoirs are uniformly silent on this central mystery and their capitulations are unique 
in history. Mr. Macdonald's surrender re-established the principle that "policy" in this matter was "set" and 
immutable, and during the ensuing twenty years this became the paramount principle of all British and 
American state policy. The politicians of both countries evidently held Dr. Weizmann to be the emissary of a 
power which they dared not disobey; their demeanour resembled the African Native's rolling-eyed fear of the 

Mr. Macdonald's submission restored the situation in London to its former shape, but in Palestine the 
"national home", an artificial growth forcibly implanted in a hostile soil, continued to wither. In ten years the 
Jewish population increased by less than a hundred thousand immigrants. In 1927 three thousand more 
emigrants departed than immigrants came. A small revival followed in 1928, but the average yearly exodus 
from Palestine, up to 1932, was almost a third of the immigration. 

The Zionist adventure was in collapse, as all qualified parties had foretold. Left alone, the Jews of the 
world clearly would never in any substantial numbers go to Palestine; if events took their natural course the 
Arab population evidently would increase its preponderance. 

Nothing was to take its natural course. At that very moment the mysterious Hitler arose in Germany 
(and at the same instant Mr. Roosevelt in America) and the Second World War loomed up ahead. 

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The years which followed, 1933-1939, were those of the brewing of the Second World War. "Prussian 
militarism", supposed to have been laid low in 1918, rose up more formidable than ever and the spectacle so 
absorbed men's minds that they lost interest in the affair in Palestine, which seemed unrelated to the great 
events in Europe. In fact it was to loom large among those "causes and objects" of the second war which 
President Wilson had called "obscure" in the first one. The gap left by the collapse, in 1917, of the legend of 
"Jewish persecution in Russia" was filled by "the Jewish persecution in Germany" and, just when Zionism 
was "helpless and hopeless", the Zionists were able with a new cry to affright the Jews and beleaguer the 
Western politicians. The consequences showed in the outcome of the ensuing war, when revolutionary- 
Zionism and revolutionary- Communism proved to be the sole beneficiaries. 

My own experience during those years ultimately produced this book. When they began, in 1933, 1 had 
climbed from my clerkship to be a correspondent of The Times in Berlin and was happy in that calling. When 
they ended, in 1939, I was fully disenchanted with it and had felt compelled to throw up my livelihood. The 
tale of the years between will show the reason. 

From 1927 on I reported the rise of Hitler, and by chance was passing the Reichstag when it burst into 
flames in 1933. This event (used to set up the secret-police-and-concentration-camp system in Germany, on 
the Bolshevist model) cemented Hitler in power, but some prescience, that night, told me that it meant much 
more than that. In fact the present unfinished ordeal of the West dates from that night, not from the later 
war. Its true meaning was that the area of occupation of the world-revolution spread to the middle of 
Europe, and the actual transfer to Communist ownership in 1945 merely confirmed an accomplished fact 
(theretofore disguised from the masses by the bogus antagonism between National Socialism and 
Communism) which the war, at its outset, was supposed to undo. The only genuine question which the 
future has yet to answer is whether the world-revolution will be driven back or spread further westward from 
the position which, in effect, it occupied on the night of February 27, 1933. 

From the start of Hitler's regime (on that night) all professional observers in Berlin, diplomats and 
journalists, knew that it meant a new war unless this were prevented. Prevention at that time was relatively simple; 
Mr. Winston Churchill in his memoirs rightly called the Second War "the unnecessary war". It could have 
been prevented by firm Western opposition to Hitler's preliminary warlike forays (into the Rhineland, Austria 
and Czechoslovakia) at any time up to 1938 when (as Mr. Churchill also confirms) the German generals, 
about to overthrow Hitler, were themselves undone by the Western capitulation to him at Munich. 

The trained observers in Berlin were agreed that he would make war if allowed 
[308] and so advised their governmental or editorial superiors in London. The Chief Correspondent of The 
Times in Berlin, Mr. Norman Ebbutt (I was the second correspondent) reported early in 1933 that war must 
be expected in about five years unless it were forethwarted, and this particular report was printed. He, I and 
many other reporters during the following years grew alarmed and perplexed by the suppression, "burking" 
and ignoring of despatches, and by the depictment of Hitler, in Parliament and the newspapers, as an 
inherently good man who would remain peaceable if his just grievances were met (at others' expense). 

This period has become known as that of "the policy of appeasement" but encouragement is the truer 
word, and the policy changed the probability of war into certainty. The strain brought Mr. Ebbutt to physical 
collapse. From 1935 on I was Chief Correspondent in Vienna, which was then but another vantage-point for 
surveying the German scene. From there, late in 1937, 1 informed The Times that both Hitler and Goering had 
said that the war would begin "by the autumn of 1939"; I had this information from the Austrian Chancellor. 

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I was in Vienna during Hitler's invasion and then, after brief arrest by Storm Troops on the way out, 
transferred to Budapest, where I was when the supreme capitulation of Munich followed in September 1938. 
Realizing then that a faithful reporter could do nothing against "the policy of appeasement", and that his task 
was meaningless, I resigned by expostulant letter, and still have the editor's discursive acknowledgement. 

Fourteen years later The Times publicly confessed error, in respect of its "policy of appeasement", in 
that curiously candid Official History of 1952. This contains a grudging reference to me: "There were 
resignations from junior members of the staff (I was forty-three in 1938, was Chief Correspondent for 
Central Europe and the Balkans, had worked for The Times for seventeen years, and I believe I was the only 
correspondent to resign). In this volume The Times also undertook never so to err again: "it is not rash to say 
that aggression will never again be met at Printing House Square in terms of mere 'Munich'." The editorial 
articles and reports of The Times about such later events as the bisection of Europe in 1945, the 
Communization of China, the Zionization of Palestine and the Korean war seem to me to show that its 
policies did not change at all. 

Thus my resignation of 1938 was inspired by a motive similar to that of Colonel Repington (of whom 
I then had not heard) in 1918. There was a major military danger to England and qualified reporters were not 
allowed to make this plain to the public: the result, in my opinion, was the Second World War. The journalist 
should not regard himself too seriously, but if his reports are disregarded in the most momentous matters of 
the day he feels that his calling is a sham and then he had best give it up, at any cost. This is what I did, and I 
was comforted, many years later, when I read Sir William Robertson's words to Colonel Repington: "The 
great thing is to keep on a straight course and then one may be sure that good will eventually come of what 
may now seem to be evil". 


When I resigned in 1938 I had a second reason, not present in 1933, for perplexity about the way the 
press is conducted. In that matter, too, I could only assume that some infatuation worked to distort the 
truthful picture of events. The outcome of the ensuing war, however, showed that a powerful motive had lain 
behind this particular misrepresentation. 

In the case of "the Jewish persecution" in Germany I found that impartial presentation of the facts 
gradually gave way to so partisan a depictment that the truth was lost. This transformation was effected in 
three subtle stages. First the persecution of "political opponents and Jews" was reported; then this was 
imperceptibly amended to "Jews and political opponents"; and at the end the press in general spoke only of 
"the persecution of Jews". By this means a false image was projected on to the public mind and the plight of 
the overwhelming majority of the victims, by this fixing of the spotlight on one group, was lost to sight. The 
result showed in 1945, when, on the one hand, the persecution of Jews was made the subject of a formal 
indictment at Nuremberg, and on the other hand half of Europe and all the people in it were abandoned to 
the selfsame persecution, in which the Jews had shared in their small proportion to populations everywhere. 

At that period I, typical of Englishmen of my generation, had never thought of Jews as different from 
myself, nor could I have said what might make a Jew, in his opinion, different from me. If I later became 
aware of any differentiation, or of the desire of a powerful group to assert one, this was not the result of 
Hitler's deeds but of the new impediment to impartial reporting which I then began to observe. When the 
general persecution began I reported it as I saw it. If I learned of a concentration camp containing a thousand 
captives I reported this; if I learned that the thousand included thirty or fifty Jews I reported that. I saw the 
first terror, spoke with many of the victims, examined their injuries, and was warned that I incurred Gestapo 
hostility thereby. The victims were in the great majority, certainly much over ninety percent, Germans, and a 
few were Jews. This reflected the population-ratio, in Germany and later in the countries overrun by Hitler. 
But the manner of reporting in the world's press in time blocked-out the great suffering mass, leaving only 
the case of the Jews. 

I illustrate this by episodes and passages from my own experience and reporting. Rabbi Stephen Wise, 
writing in 1949, gave the following version of events personally reported by me in 1933, and undoubtedly 
purveyed the same version in the presidential circle of which he was a familiar during those years: "The 
measures against the Jews continued to outstrip in systematic cruelty and planned destruction the terror against other 
groups. On January 29, 1933 Hitler was summoned to be chancellor . . . at once the reign of terror began with 
beatings and imprisonment of jews. . . We planned a protest march in New York on May 10, the day of the ordered 
burning of Jewish books in Germany . . . the brunt of the attack was borne by jews. . . concentration camps were 

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All these statements are false. The measures against the Jews did not outstrip the terror against other 
groups; the Jews were involved in a much larger number of others. The reign of terror did not begin on 
January 29, 1933, but in the night of the Reichstag fire, February 27. No "burning of Jewish books" was 
ordered; I attended and reported that bonfire and have looked up my report published in The Times, to verify 
my recollection. A mass of "Marxist" books was burned, including the works of many German, English and 
other non-Jewish writers (my books, had they then been published, would undoubtedly have been among 
them); the bonfire included some Jewish books, the "brunt" of the terror was not borne by Jews, nor were the 
concentration camps "filled with Jews". The number of Jewish victims was in proportion to their ratio of the 

Nevertheless this false picture, by iteration, came to dominate the public mind during the Second War. 
At the time of my resignation, which was provoked solely by the "policy of appeasement" and the imminent 
advent of "the unnecessary war", this other hindrance to faithful reporting was but a secondary, minor 
annoyance. Later I discerned that the motive behind it was of major importance in shaping the course and 
outcome of the Second War". When I came to study the story of Mr. Robert Wilton I perceived that there 
was also a strong resemblance between my experience and his. He sought to explain the nature of an event in 
Russia and thus was inevitably led into "the Jewish question". Twenty years later I observed that it was in fact 
impossible to draw public attention to the misreporting of the nature of the persecution of Germany and to 
explain that the Jews formed only a small fraction of the victims. 

That matter had nothing to do with my resignation, but I was becoming aware of it around that time, 
and this widening perception is reflected in the two books which I published after renouncing journalism. 
The first, Insanity Fair, was devoted entirely to the menace of war. I thought, somewhat vaingloriously, that 
one voice might still avert it, and today's reader may still verify that motive. To account for this excess of zeal 
in me, the indulgent reader, if he be old enough, might recall the feeling of horror which the thought of 
another world war caused in those who had known the first one. This feeling can never be fully 
comprehended by those of later generations, who have become familiar with the thought of a series of wars, 
but it was overpowering at the time. 

The second book, Disgrace Abounding, on the eve of war continued the warning theme, but in it, for the 
first time, I gave some attention to "the Jewish question". My experience was widening and I had begun to 
discern the major part it would play in forming the shape and issue of the Second War which then was clearly 
at hand. My thought from then on was much given to it; in this way I came in time to write the present book 
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Amid jubilant scenes in Washington and Berlin on two successive days (March 4 and 5, 1933) the two 
twelve-year reigns began which were to end at almost the same instant in 1945. Today an impartial historian 
could hardly compute which reign produced the greater sum of human suffering. At the start the two men 
who appeared on the central scene were both hailed as Messiahs. In America a Rabbi Rosenblum described 
President Roosevelt as "a Godlike messenger, the darling of destiny, the Messiah of America's tomorrow"; 
there spoke a political flatterer in words intended to "persuade the multitude". In 1937, in Prague menaced by 
Hitler, a Jewish acquaintance told me his rabbi was preaching in the synagogue that Hitler was "the Jewish 
Messiah" (a pious elder who sought to interpret events in terms of Levitical prophecy). All through these 
years the masses in both countries (and for that matter in Russia too) had their particular "premier-dictator" 
depicted to them in such terms, or in those of "Big Brother", "Papa", "Uncle", "Beloved Leader" or the 
fireside-loving "Friend". The apparent antagonists, Mr. Roosevelt and Herr Hitler, both in different ways 
promoted "the destructive principle" in its three recognizable forms: revolutionary-Communism, 
revolutionary- Zionism and the ensuing "world government to enforce peace". 

Mr. Roosevelt's reign began with a significant deception. He used a wheeled chair but the public 
masses were never allowed to see him, in flesh or picture, until he had been helped to an upright position. His 
infirmity was known; nevertheless, some directing intelligence decreed that the false picture of a robust man 
must to his last day be presented to the multitude (and even afterwards, for the sculptor who later made his 
London monument had to depict him in this sturdy pose). 

Mr. Roosevelt created precedent by having his cabinet sworn in the hand of a distinguished Jew, Mr. 
Justice Cardozo, who was a committed Zionist, having yielded in 1918 to Mr. Brandeis and Rabbi Stephen 
Wise, with the despondent-sounding words, "Do what you please with my name"; he then received his 
Supreme Court judgeships, Rabbi Wise requesting them for him, first from Governor Al Smith of New York 
State and then from President Herbert Hoover. Thus the shadow of "dual allegiance" fell on Mr. Roosevelt's 
administration at its start (as on Mr. Wilson's, from the figure of Mr. Brandeis). 

Mr. Roosevelt, after the Republican interregnum of 1921-1933, resumed the Wilson policies and in 
that spirit approached the major problem of America's future at that moment: namely, whether the forces 
represented by the great Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, which had occurred in the six decades 
following the Civil War, should or should not govern America. All competent authorities had observed, usually 
with foreboding, the rapid rise of this new problem in American life, and had depicted the effects of the 
transplantation to American soil of a large population-mass which, under its religious directors, 
[312] rejected the concept of "the melting-pot" and of "assimilation". Mr. James Truslow Adams referred to it 
in his Epic of America, and Rudyard Kipling, who lived in New England in the 1890's, wrote: 

"The land was denuding itself of its accustomed inhabitants and their places had not yet been taken by 
the wreckage of Eastern Europe. . . Immigrants were coming into the States at about a million head a year . . . 
Somewhere in the background, though he did not know it, was the 'representative' American, who traced his 
blood through three or four generations and who, controlling nothing and affecting less, protested that ... all 
foreign elements could and would soon be assimilated into 'good Americans'. And not a soul cared what he 
said . . . What struck me. . . was the apparent waste and ineffectiveness, in the face of the foreign inrush, of all 
the indigenous effort of the past generation. It was then that I first began to wonder whether Abraham 
Lincoln had not killed too many autochthonous 'Americans' in the Civil War, for the benefit of their hastily 
imported Continental supporters. This is black heresy, but I have since met men and women who have 
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those days. But steam began in the later sixties and early seventies, when human cargoes could be delivered 
with all their imperfections in a fortnight or so. And one million more-or-less acclimatized Americans had 
been killed". 

This problem was only new to America; it was the oldest problem in recorded history and, as this 
narrative has shown, had recurred in country after country, down the ages, whenever Jewish immigration 
reached flood levels. Dr. Weizmann is a witness to it, for he discusses it in relating his beleaguerment of a 
British official, Sir William Evans Gordon, who grappled with it in England twenty years before it excited the 
alarm of United States Congresses. In 1906 Sir William sought to solve it through an Aliens Bill (as the 67th 
and 68th United States Congresses by quota laws). Dr. Weizmann says that in performing his duty Sir William 
(like Senator Pat McCarran and Representative Francis E. Walter in America in the 1950's) came to be 
"generally regarded as responsible for all the difficulties placed in the way of Jewish immigrants into 
England". Dr. Weizmann then continues: 

"Whenever the quantity of Jews in any country reaches the saturation point, that country reacts against 
them. . . England had reached the point where she could or would absorb so many Jews and no more. . . The 
reaction against this cannot be looked upon as anti-semitism in the ordinary or vulgar sense of that word; it is a 
universal social and economic concomitant of Jewish immigration and we cannot shake it off. Sir William had 
no particular anti-Jewish prejudice. He acted ... in the most kindly way, in the interests of his country, . . In his 
opinion it was physically impossible for England to make good the wrongs which Russia had inflicted on its Jewish population . . 
. .1 am fairly sure he would equally have opposed mass influx of any foreign element; but, as it happened, no 

[313] foreign element pressed for admission in such numbers". (Forty years later Dr. Weizmann spoke 
similarly to Jews in America: "Certain countries can digest a certain number of Jews; once that number has 
been passed, something drastic must happen; the Jews must go "). 

Dr. Weizmann thus soberly presented the valid argument against unrestricted Jewish immigration only 
because he was speaking chiefly to Jews and was drumming into them the Talmudic argument that Jews 
cannot be assimilated; this argument is essential to Zionism, but is not inherently true. The quoted passages 
show that in 1 906 a man in authority was still able to state that his country could not make good "wrongs" 
supposed to have been inflicted on Jews in another country, and to let "the interests of his country" govern 
his duty. In the ensuing decades all the premier-dictators of the West made it State policy to remedy alleged 
wrongs, done by a third party, at the expense of an innocent fourth party. The absurdity is shown by Dr. 
Weizmann's own last-quoted remark, that when the number of digestible Jews is exceeded in any country 
"something drastic must happen; the Jews must go". He and his associates for half a century had been using 
all their power in America to gain unrestricted access for Jews, so that, according to his own words, they were 
deliberately leading the Jews there to disaster; the time must come, if what he said was true, when 
governments elsewhere in the world will be under pressure to admit large numbers of Jews from America 
because of "the wrongs" done them there. 

Such was the background of the dominant issue in American life when Mr. Roosevelt became 
president. Between 1881 and 1920 over three million legally-recorded immigrants entered the United States 
from Russia, most of them Jews. According to the United States Census Bureau the country contained 
230,000 Jews in 1877 and about 4,500,000 in 1926. Only "estimates" are at any time obtainable in matters of 
Jewish population, as the "elders" oppose head-counting by others, and these figures are generally held to 
have been largely under-estimated. In the ensuing decade the figures eluded all verification, chiefly owing to 
changes in immigrant-classification ordered by President Roosevelt, and even the competent authorities will 
not attempt to estimate the extent of unrecorded and illegal immigration (competent observers judge that the 
total number of Jews in the United States now may be around ten million). In any case, the greatest single 
community of Jews in the world today is in the American Republic, having been transplanted thither during 
the last two generations. 

In proportion to the total American population even the highest estimate would not reach one-tenth. 
In itself this is a relatively small group; politically organized to tip the balance of power it is of decisive 
importance. This problem was recognized and the Congressional Committee on Immigration in 1921 

"The processes of assimilation and amalgamation are slow and difficult. With the population of the 
broken parts of Europe headed this way in ever-increasing 

[314] numbers, why not peremptorily check the stream with this temporary measure, and in the meantime try 
the unique and novel experiment of enforcing all the immigration laws on our statutes?" 

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A quota law then passed limited the number of any nationality entering the United States to three 
percent of the foreign-born of that nationality resident in the United States in 1910. The next Congress went 
much further than the general statement above quoted; it was specific about the danger, the same Committee 

"If the principle of individual liberty, guarded by a constitutional government, created on this 
continent nearly a century and half ago is to endure, the basic strain of our population must be maintained and 
our economic standards preserved. . . The American people do not concede the right of any foreign group . . . to 
dictate the character of our legislation". 

The years which then followed showed that the effect of Mr. Roosevelt's presidency would be further 
to break down the principle stated, to alter "the basic strain", and to enable "a foreign group" to dictate State 

Mr. Roosevelt (like Mr. Wilson, Mr. Lloyd George and General Smuts) evidently was selected before 
he was elected. Mr. Howden says that Mr. House "picked Roosevelt as a natural candidate for the presidency 
long before any other responsible politician", chose him as Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, and then 
through the years groomed him for the presidency, expecting to govern through him, as through President 
Wilson. Then something went wrong. Mr. House was confident that President Roosevelt would call on him 
but then realized that "certain people don't want the president to listen to me". These people were evidently 
too strong, for Mr. House was dropped without any courtesy and at this point (1933) disappears from the 

One can only offer a reasonable surmise about the reasons. Mr. House, at seventy-five, regretted 
young Philip Dru of 1912, who had thought the American Constitution "outmoded and grotesque", had 
seized power by force and then governed by emergency decree. He had a new set of more sober and 
responsible ideas ready for Mr. Roosevelt and, from relegation, then "watched with forbidding" the 
concentration of irresponsible power in Mr. Roosevelt's hands. Mr. House had caused President Wilson, as 
his first major act, to write into the American Constitution (as the Sixteenth Amendment) the chief 
destructive measure proposed in Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto of 1848, the "progressive income tax", 
but in the 1930's Mr. House was alarmed by the completely untrammelled control of the public purse which 
his second "Rockland" obtained. 

Presumably, then, Mr. House was discarded because he had retreated from his earlier ideas, for those 
original ideas governed Mr. Roosevelt's policy throughout his twelve years. He supported the world- 
revolution; his first major act of State policy was to recognize the Communist Government and in the 
[315] ensuing war he resumed the House- Wilson policy of "all support". He supported revolutionary- 
Zionism. Finally, he took up the old "league to enforce peace" idea and re-foisted it on the West under a new 
name, that of the "United Nations". 

Thus Mr. Roosevelt put "Philip Dru's" ideas into further practice. Of Mr. Wilson in the earlier 
generation his Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Franklin K. Lane, had said, "All Philip Dru had said should be 
comes about; the President comes to Philip Dru in the end". As to Mr. Roosevelt, twenty years later, Mr. 
House's biographer (Mr. Howden) says, "It is impossible to compare Dru's suggested legislation with Mr. 
Roosevelt's and not be impressed by their similarity" . 

This is an illustrative example of the transmission of ideas from generation to generation, among a 
governing group. Mr. House's ideas were those of "the revolutionaries of 1848", which in turn derived from 
Weishaupt and the revolutionaries of 1789, who had them from some earlier source. When Mr. House 
abandoned them they were transmitted without a hitch to the ruling group around another president, and the 
one man who had modified these ideas was left behind. 

Mr. House was the only casualty in the inner circle. Mr. Bernard Baruch was adviser to Mr. Roosevelt 
even before he became president. Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt records that "Mr. Baruch was a trusted adviser to 
my husband both in Albany and in Washington", that is, during Mr. Roosevelt's four-year term as Governor 
of New York State, before his presidential nomination. During this pre-presidential period Mr. Roosevelt 
(according to one of Mr. Baruch's biographers, Mr. Morris V. Rosenbloom), although America had 
repudiated the League of Nations, drafted the plan for a new body to be called the United Nations. Rabbi 
Stephen Wise and Mr. Brandeis, of the earlier group around President Wilson, regrouped themselves around 
President Roosevelt (Hitler's anti-Jewish measures in Germany at this time revived Mr. Brandeis's desire to 
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Right at the start of Mr. Roosevelt's twelve years some doubt may have arisen about his docility, and 
means have been found to ensure it (the reader will recall "Rockland's" attempt to assert independence in 
1912 and the "exultant conspirators" mirth about his capitulation). That would explain the curious fact that 
Rabbi Stephen Wise, who had campaigned for Mr. Roosevelt as senator in 1914 and as governor of New 
York State in 1928, did not support him for the presidency in 1932. Then something happened to reassure the 
rabbi, for immediately after Mr. Roosevelt's election he proclaimed that the new president had "rewon my 
unstinted admiration", and by 1935 was again an intimate of the White House. 

In the light of earlier experience, the identity of the men surrounding President Roosevelt plainly 
pointed to the policies he would pursue. He made this clearer 

[316] by widening the circle of his Jewish advisers. In 1933 this had a new significance. In 1913 President 
Wilson's Jewish advisers were publicly accepted as Americans like any other Americans, and simply of the 
Jewish faith. In 1933 the question of their allegiance had been raised by the Zionist adventure in Palestine. In 
addition, the issues of the world-revolution and of world-government had arisen since 1913, and both of 
these also threw up the question of American national interest, so that the feelings entertained about them in 
the president's immediate circle became a matter of first importance. 

All this lent a specific significance to the earlier Congressional pronouncement (1924), denying the 
right of "any foreign group" to "dictate the character of our legislation". Among the president's "advisers" 
many were of foreign birth or in effect became "foreign" by their devotion to Zionism or their attitude 
towards the world-revolution and world-government. In this sense a "foreign group", embodying the mass- 
immigration of the preceding hundred years, formed itself around the American president and "steered" the 
course of events. The twelve years which followed showed that any "advice" acted on by the president must 
have been to the benefit of the destructive principle in its three interrelated forms: Communism, Zionism, 

Prominent among his advisers (in addition to the three powerful men above named) was the Viennese- 
born Professor Felix Frankfurter. Mr. House's biographer Mr. Howden, who expresses Mr. House's opinion, 
thinks he was the most powerful of all: "Professor Frankfurter duplicated with Mr. Roosevelt, more than 
anyone else. . . the part played by Mr. House with President Wilson". The part played by unofficial advisers is 
always difficult to determine and this opinion may place Professor Frankfurter too high in the hierarchy. 
However, he was undoubtedly important (he, too, first came into the advisory circle under Mr. Wilson). 

Like Mr. Brandeis and Mr. Cardozo, he became a Supreme Court Justice and never openly appeared in 
American politics; yet the effects of his influence are plainer to trace than those of other men, which have to 
be deeply delved for. He was head of the Harvard Law School during the 1930's and in that capacity trained 
an entire generation of young men who were to give a definite shape to the events of the 1940's and 1950's. 
They received marked preference for high employment in their later careers. 

They include in particular Mr. Alger Hiss, who by trial and conviction was revealed as a Communist 
agent, though he was a high "adviser" of President Roosevelt, (Mr. Justice Frankfurter voluntarily appeared at 
the trial to testify to Mr. Hiss's character), and Mr. Dean Acheson, who as American Secretary of State at that 
time declared he would not "turn his back" on Mr. Hiss, and others. Mr. Hiss played an important part at the 
Yalta Conference, where the abandonment of half Europe to the revolution was agreed; Mr. Acheson's 
period of office coincided with the abandonment of China to the revolution. 


Apart from this distinct group of young men apparently trained during President Roosevelt's early 
years in office to take over the State Department, the president was accompanied by a group of Jewish 
advisers at the highest level. Mr. Henry Morgenthau junior (a leading Zionist, whose "Morgenthau Plan" of 
1944 was the original basis for the bisection of Europe in 1945) was his Secretary of the Treasury for eleven 
of the twelve years. Other intimate associates were Senator Herbert Lehman (another leading Zionist who 
took great part in promoting the "second exodus" from Europe in 1945-1946, which led to the war in 
Palestine), Judge Samuel Rosenmann (a resident inmate of the White House, who helped write Mr. 
Roosevelt's speeches), Mr. David Niles (of Russian-born parentage, and for many years "adviser on Jewish 
affairs" to Mr. Roosevelt and his successor), Mr. Benjamin Cohen (a drafter of the Balfour Declaration in 
1917 and another important Zionist), and three Jews from Russia, Messrs. Sidney Hillman, Isador Lubin and 
Leo Pasvolsky. 

These leading names, from the personal entourage of the president, represent only the pinnacle of an 
edifice that was set around all American political life. This sudden growth of Jewish influence, behind the 
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anti-Zionist, anti-revolutionary and anti- world-government Jews were excluded from it. The formation of this 
"palace guard" was unpopular, but unofficial advisers are difficult to attack on specific grounds and Mr. 
Roosevelt ignored all protests, and so escorted began his thrice-renewed presidency. Hitler simultaneously 
appeared as the symbol, at that moment, of the mathematically-recurrent Jewish persecution, and in the 
calculations of President Roosevelt's advisers took the place occupied by "the Czar" twenty years before in 
those of Mr. Wilson's. 

Mr. Roosevelt's long continuance in office was chiefly due to Mr. House's master-plan for winning 
elections. Under this strategy of the intensive appeal to the "fluctuating" vote "discrimination" became the 
chief slogan. It was raised on behalf of the Negroes, who were used as a stalking-horse*; and in fact was used 
to crush objection to the excessive influence of the "foreign group" represented by "the palace guard". 
Coupled with it was the appeal to the poor in the form of promises to soak the rich. This strategy proved so 
effective that the Republicans beat a retreat and began to compete with the Democrats for the favour of "the 
foreign group", who were held to be the arbiters of elections. In this way the secret grip on power was made 
secure, and the American elector was in fact deprived of true choice between parties. Mr. Roosevelt fortified 
himself by his policy of "deficit-spending", the basic theory of which was that the amount of public debt was 
unimportant, as the State only owed it to itself. At that point the American people lost and have never since 
regained control of the public purse, and the occupant of the White House became able by a stroke of the 
pen to command expenditures which in earlier times would have covered the annual 

* The agitation about the lot of the American Negro, of which so much is heard in the outer world, is kept going, 
from New York, almost entirely by the two chief Jewish publicity organizations (the American Jewish Committee and the 
Anti-Defamation League, both of which dispose of large funds) and the National Association for the Advancement of 
Coloured People, which from its inception has been largely Jewish-directed. The Negro himself plays a passive part in it. 
His wish is for better opportunities of advancement alongside the white population; he does not desire to interbreed. The 
energy of the Jewish organizations which claim to intercede in his cause is entirely directed towards a compulsory 
intermingling which neither race desires. Thus the influence of these non-Negro groups was the chief one behind the 
litigation leading to the Supreme Court ruling of 1955, which held the existing separate-school system to be illegal and 
ordered its abolition and compulsory mixed-schooling (this judgment can hardly be enforced in the South without civil war 
and it has been followed by various violent episodes, including the use of the National Guard and of tanks to enforce mixed- 
schooling). I was able to see the American Jewish Committee's budget for 1953, the estimates for which were $1,753,000. 
This stated, in respect of the Negroes, "The status of Jews is more secure in most of the civil and political rights areas than 
that of some other groups, especially Negroes. But so long as a successful threat is made to the enjoyment of rights by 
Negroes, the rights of Jews are riskfully in balance. Accordingly, a large proportion of our work has been directed towards 
securing greater equalization of opportunities for such other groups, rather than for ourselves . . . An example of this is our 
relationship with the N.A.A.C.P., which comes to us for assistance in certain matters where we have a special competence. . 
. A fruitful weapon is court action. . . We participate directly in litigation . . . We have filed briefs attacking segregation. . . 
and have prepared briefs challenging discrimination against Negroes". The Supreme Court is composed of political 
appointees, not of professional jurists; this is an important factor in what might develop into a grave situation. 

[318] budgets of half-a-dozen thrifty States. Mr. Roosevelt gained these powers by invoking the need to beat 
"The Crisis", and he produced The Permanent Emergency in which his country still lives. 

His presidency followed a design obviously predetermined and the course of events in the world might 
have been entirely different if it had been shorter. However, the hidden mechanism was so efficient, and the 
hold of his mentors on it so secure, that he was maintained in office through three re-elections. Only once 
was his tenure threatened with unexpected interruption, dangerous to these plans. 

In a Southern State, Louisiana, arose a politico of Mr. Roosevelt's type. Mr. Huey Long, a young 
demagogue with a fleshy face and curly hair from a poor hillbilly home, grew popular (like Mr. Wilson and 
Mr. Roosevelt) by attacking "the interests" (in his particular countryside, the oil interests in general and 
Standard Oil in particular). The idol of the poor whites, he was elected governor in 1928 and at once tried to 
raise money for building schoolhouses by putting a tax on oil, whereon at the opening of the Louisiana 
Legislature one Rabbi Walter Peiser refused to invoke a blessing, calling him "an unworthy governor". 

Mr. Long grew more popular and was elected to the United States Senate where (March 1935) he 
devoted "a large part" of a speech to "an attack on Mr. Bernard Baruch", in whom he apparently saw the 
supreme representative of the "interests" (about the only charge never made against Mr. Long, who had many 
Jewish associates, was that he was "anti-semitic"). Mr. Long was becoming a force in the land and wrote a 
book called My First Week in the White House, containing illustrations which showed Mr. Roosevelt, looking 
much like the Roosevelt of Yalta, listening humbly to the wisdom of a hale and ebullient Huey Long. 

He set out to undo Mr. Roosevelt by outdoing him in Mr. Roosevelt's especial 
[319] skill: lavish spending and lavish promises. He did this in an ingenious way (he was possibly trickier than 
even Mr. Roosevelt). Mr. Long, with his "Share the Wealth" and "Every Man a King" programme, controlled 
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on all manner of crisis "projects", and incidentally on votes) Mr. Long calmly diverted it to his own similar 
ends. He forced through the Louisiana Legislature a law prohibiting local authorities from receiving any 
Washington money without the consent of a Louisiana State Board. As he controlled this board, he 
intercepted the cornucopian stream and the money was spent to enhance his, not Mr. Roosevelt's voting 
strength. He did with public money what Mr. Roosevelt was doing, but for his own political account. 

In 1935 Mr. Roosevelt's second election campaign loomed ahead. Suddenly his advisers became aware 
that Mr. Long was popular far beyond his native Louisiana; he was a national figure. The Democratic 
National Committee "was astonished when a secret poll revealed that Long on a third-party ticket could poll 
between three and four million votes and that his Share The Wealth plan had eaten deeply into the 
Democratic strength in the industrial and farm States" (Mr. John T. Flynn). 

Therefore Mr. Long, although he could not have become president at that time, certainly could have 
prevented Mr. Roosevelt's re-election, and the ruling few suddenly beheld a disturber of their regime. 
However, as Mr. Flynn says, "Fate had gone Democratic and remained so"; on September 8, 1935 Mr. Long 
was shot in the Louisiana State Capitol by a young Jew, Dr. Carl Austin Weiss. The motive will never be 
known because Dr. Weiss, who might have explained it, was shot by Mr. Long's tardy bodyguard.* 

The political effect was clear; Mr. Roosevelt's re-election was ensured. The usual suggestion of "a 
madman" was conveyed to the public mind and various other motives, not entailing insanity, also were 
suggested. No public investigation was made, as in the cases of other political assassinations of the last 
hundred years, in respect of which investigation was denied or curtailed. Such investigations as have been 
made (for instance, in the cases of President Lincoln, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and King Alexander of 
Yugoslavia) have never supported the theory (always put forward) of the lonely "madman", but have revealed 
thorough organization with powerful support. The removal of Mr. Long determined the pattern of events for 
a decade, so that it was as important in its effects as the murders of more highly-placed men. 

Mr. Roosevelt was re-elected in 1936. His allotted task evidently was to reinvolve his country in the 
"foreign entanglements" of Mr. House and Mr. 

* Mr. Long had foretold his assassination in July, saying in the Senate that enemies bad planned his death with 
"one man, one gun, and one bullet" as the medium. He said that a dictograph, concealed in a New Orleans hotel room 
where his "enemies" had met, recorded this conversation. A contemporary writer who claims to have been present at the 
meeting, Mr. Hodding Carter, says, "The 'plotting' was limited to such hopefully expressed comments as, 'I wish somebody 
would kill the . . . .' ". 

[320] Wilson, and, like Mr. Wilson, he promised from election to election to keep it out of these. Meanwhile, 
the uproar about Hitler grew and, as I have shown, his persecution of men was subtly transformed into a 
"persecution of Jews". Mr. Roosevelt, just two years before the Second War, made public, through cryptic 
statement which to the initiated was an undertaking to involve his country in war and to wage it primarily for 
the cause represented by his palace guard. Mr. Wilson made his public statement, with its menace to Russia, 
in December 1911, about three years before the First World War; Mr. Roosevelt made his, with its menace to 
Germany, in October 1937, about two years before the Second World War. The two statements are implicitly 
identical in identifying the American cause with the Jewish cause as mis-represented by the Zionists. 

Mr. Roosevelt said (October 5, 1937), "Let no one imagine that America will escape. . . that this 
Western hemisphere will not be attacked . . . When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community 
approves and joins in a quarantine of patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread 
of the disaster". 

The president's speech-writers on this occasion were not cryptic enough. The allusion to "joining in a 
quarantine" was instantly understood by the public masses also as a threat of war. This caused such 
consternation that Mr. Roosevelt was obliged up to the very moment, four years later, when America was 
actually involved in war to promise "again and again and again" that "your sons will not be sent into any 
foreign war". (In October 1937 he certainly knew that war was coming in the autumn of 1939; at that very 
moment I had informed The Times from Vienna that Hitler and Goering had said so, and the American 
president would not have been less accurately informed). 

By 1937 the falsification of the news-picture from Germany, which was described in the last chapter, 
had been going on for four years. I gave several instances, and here adduce another. Rabbi Stephen Wise 
relates that the American Jewish Congress immediately after Hitler's advent to power started the boycott- 
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being "planned".* He then mentions, casually, that the "reported" pogrom "did not come off, but the 
boycott did. ** 

Starting with this imaginary pogrom in Berlin, the propagandist campaign in America formed the basis 
on which Mr. Roosevelt rested his "quarantine" speech. The Zionists around the president were not truly 
concerned about the suffering of Jews at all; on the contrary, it was necessary to their politics in America and 
to the entire undertaking, and they feared its alleviation. In this they continued the policy of the Talmudic 
revolutionaries in Czarist Russia, who went to the length of assassination to prevent the emancipation of 
Jews, as has been shown. 

* The Nazis always claimed that their one-day Jewish boycott of April 1, 1933 was in reply to this provocation 
from New York, and Rabbi Wise's book of 1949 thus bears out their statement. 

** The word "pogrom" (a Russian one meaning '"massacre") plays an especial part in this propaganda. It is applied 
to any kind of disturbance in which Jews are involved and has by suggestion been given this specific, though false 
significance, so that the casual reader might suspect a misprint if he were to read of "a pogrom of Russians" (or of Arabs). 
Dr. Weizmann says '"there were never any pogroms" in his native Russian countryside but uses the word continually, 
explaining that '"it is not necessary to live among pogroms to know that the Gentile world is poisoned". In inciting a 
British military governor of Palestine to harsh measures against Arabs Dr. Weizmann said he "had had some experience 
with the atmosphere which precedes pogroms", though by his own earlier statement he had none. He describes as a 
pogrom disorders in which five or sixjews were injured, and as '"Arab terrorism" the events of 1938, in which 69 British, 
92 Jews and 1500 Arabs were killed. A distinguished British officer, Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart V.C., who lived in Poland 
between the two wars, says 'The Jewish question seemed unanswerable . . . Pogroms were rumoured to be taking place, but I 
considered the rumours to have been grossly exaggerated for there were no ocular proofs of the massacre of thousands of 


Thus Rabbi Wise records that he and his fellow Zionists were not deterred by urgent protests and 
appeals from the Jews in Germany to stop the boycott. The prospect of an accommodation between Hitler 
and the Jews of Germany, indeed, appalled them and Rabbi Wise informed his associates of his "two fears" in 
this respect: 

". . . that our Jewish brothers in Germany might feel moved or compelled to accept a peace agreement 
or pact that might mean some slight amelioration or mitigation of their wrongs. . . that the Nazi regime might decide to 
prevent some of the evil consequences of its regime by such palliative treatment of the jews as would disarm worldwide 
Jewish protest". (He describes the second possibility as the "graver" danger). 

Thus they feared that "the persecution" would collapse; the words are specific. Rabbi Wise, in New 
York, preferred that Jews in Germany should suffer rather than this should happen: "To die at the hands of 
Nazism is cruel; to survive by its grace were ten thousand times worse. We will survive Nazism unless we commit the 
inexpiable sin of bartering or trafficking with it in order to save some Jewish victims" (1934, to the world Jewish 
Conference). "We reject out of hand with scorn and contempt any and every proposal which would ensure the 
security of some Jews through the shame of all Jews" (1936). Mr. Brandeis, in Washington, was equally resolute 
for martyrdom in Germany: "Any arrangement which results in making a market abroad for German goods 

strengthens Hitler To thus relieve Hitler's economic distress in order to save by emigration some of Germany's 

Jew would be .... deplorable statesmanship".* 

For the Zionists in America the spectral danger of a reconciliation between 

* In fact, these Zionists were quite ready to '"traffic with the Nazis" and make financial deals with them when it 
suited their purpose. Seven years later, when the Second War was at its climax, Rabbi Stephen Wise received an offer from 
"'a group of Nazi functionaries" to allow Jews to go from Poland to Hungary, against payment. Both these countries were 
German-occupied, so that the advantage to the Jews involved is not apparent, and Mr. Wise must have had some ulterior 
reason (possibly connected with the later '"exodus" to Palestine) for wishing to transfer Jews from occupied Poland to 
occupied Hungary in wartime when he had so fiercely opposed their liberation from Germany in peacetime'. He requested 
President Roosevelt to release dollars for the bribe, to be deposited to these Nazis' account in Switzerland, whereon the 
president '"immediately" answered, '"Why don't you go ahead and do it, Stephen!" Instructions were then given to another 
prominent Zionist, Mr. Henry Morgenthau at the Treasury, and despite State Department and British Foreign Office 
protests the money was transferred to the Geneva office of the World Jewish Congress for crediting to the Nazi leaders! 


Hitler and the Jews became most acute in 1938. General Smuts then sent his Defence Minister, Mr. 
Oswald Pirow, to Germany to ease tension in the Jewish question, if he could. The British prime minister, 
Mr. Neville Chamberlain, welcomed the attempt; he told Mr. Pirow that the pressure of international Jewry 
was one of the principal obstacles to an Anglo-German understanding and said he would be helped in 
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Mr. Pirow then went to Germany. He says that he made a specific proposal, that Hitler responded 
favourably, and that agreement was in sight. 

At that very instant fate again intervened, as in the case of Mr. Huey Long, Count Stolypin, Czar 
Alexander II and others; whenever a chance of pacification appeared fate intervened. A young Jew shot a 
German diplomat, Herr von Rath, in Paris. Riots followed in Germany, synagogues were burned, and Mr. 
Pirow's mission abruptly ended. No investigation into the murder, or any organization that might have been 
behind it, was held, or if one was begun it never produced any informative result; Rabbi Wise presents the 
familiar picture (found also in Mr. House's novel) of the "half-crazed youth", maddened beyond endurance. 

Mr. Roosevelt responded immediately: "The news of the past few days from Germany has deeply 
shocked public opinion in the United States. . . I myself could scarcely believe that such things could occur in a twentieth 
century civilisation ... I asked our Ambassador in Berlin to return at once for report and consultation" . 

The words referred to the synagogue-burning. (Mr. Roosevelt did not comment on the murder) and 
the central sentence is demonstrably untrue, because Mr. Roosevelt, and all his contemporaries, had earlier 
seen the wanton destruction of religious edifices. True, they had not been synagogues, but Mr. Roosevelt had 
"seen" the dynamiting of Christian churches and cathedrals in Communized Russia, and on becoming 
president had rushed to recognize the government that did it. Moreover, when he made this declaration he 
had just sent a telegram cordially approving the enforced capitulation of Czechoslavakia to Hitler and in that 
deed had found nothing incongruous with 20th Century civilization. This was the moment when I threw up 
my post, feeling unable to continue in journalism at a time when untruth was master of "the news". 

The United States in effect became involved in the Second War when President Roosevelt made these 
declarations in 1937 and 1938, not on the day of Pearl Harbour, and a straight line led from them to his later 
statement of July 17, 1942, when he implicitly promised vengeance on Germany solely on account of its 
treatment of Jews; the men who prompted him to that public threat had from the start vehemently opposed 
any mitigation of Jewish suffering in Germany. 

The murder of von Rath in Paris was the shot of Serajevo which in effect opened the second war, as 
the developing fluid, time, now reveals. Unlike Mr. Wilson, Mr. Roosevelt never privately believed that he 
would keep his country 

[323] neutral; in 1938 his mentor, Mr. Bernard Baruch, declared "We are going to lick that fellow Hitler; he 
isn't going to get away with it" (General George C. Marshall). Unless some change occurs, and none is 
foreseeable yet, the American president in any third war would find himself held in the same coils as his 
predecessors of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. 

During these six years when "the unnecessary war" was brewed I watched the turbulent, darkening 
scene from Berlin and Vienna and all the great cities on which the long night was soon to fall: Prague and 
Budapest, Belgrade and Bucharest, Sofia and Warsaw. I saw as much as any man, I suppose, of the stoking of 
the furnace from which the ingot, war, was produced; and more than most, because I was not confined to 
any one country or faction, but had the run of them all. I knew the noise of the bravoes in the Storm 
Troopers' Stammkneipen, the furtive, bitter talk of their adversaries in private dwellings, and the nervous 
murmur of men on the run, who glanced ever over their shoulders. I saw the face of the mob, that dinosaur 
without a cerebral cavity, in both its moods: the inflamed one of illusory hope (in Berlin) and the hollow- 
cheeked, sunken-eyed one of hopeless disillusionment (in Moscow). I met fear at every level, from the street- 
cleaner to the head of state or of government; I saw the terror in both its headquarter cities. 

I knew or met many of the men who appeared to be powerful and to uphold opposing causes, and yet 
by their acts all brought "the unnecessary war" nearer and nearer. I talked with Hitler, Goering and Goebbels; 
I lunched quietly by the Geneva lakeside with chubby Maxim Litvinoff, a typical figure of the Cafe des Exiles, 
and wondered what he knew of Russia who so little Russia knew, though he was Foreign Minister of that 
communized land. I saw Mussolini, and Ramsay Macdonald, one of the British prime ministers who passed 
shadow-like across the blind during these years. I talked for long hours with Edouard Benesh in the old castle 
at Prague, with Austrian chancellors and Hungarian prime ministers, with Balkan kings and politicians. I went 
to watch the League of Nations, with high expectations then (for I was still callow) and was repelled by the 
manner of its proceedings, which was without dignity, by the lobbying and canvassing behind the scenes, and 
by the throng of hangers-on and intriguers which enfringed it; I think few enthusiasts for the "United 
Nations" would be found among those who knew the League of Nations. I went to Moscow, in the 
journalistic bodyguard of a rising young minister named Anthony Eden, and there saw a regime which was 

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the facsimile of the National Socialist one in Germany in every major respect save the status of the Jews, who 
appeared to me to be predominant in the key-positions of the Soviet state. 

It was all a whirling confusion, at the centre of which was one plain fact: that Hitler would make war 
unless he were prevented and that this war was coming, because he would not be prevented. There was 
another British prime minister, Mr. Stanley Baldwin (a source of grief to the newspaper correspondents in 
[324] Germany) who withheld the truth of Hitler's warlike intentions from his countrymen because, as he 
later said, he would have "lost the election" if he had told it. If his successor, Mr. Neville Chamberlain, 
thought that by continuing the policy of encouragement to Hitler he could "steer" Hitler to direct his war 
against the Soviet (I have no proof of this, but it may have been Mr. Chamberlain's calculation) that was at 
least a policy, where before was no policy at all. But it was a mistaken policy, for all qualified observers in 
Germany foresaw that when he struck Hitler would join hands with Stalin in waging war, not wage war 
against him (I wrote this in my pre-war books). 

When I experienced Hitler's first two invasions, of Austria and Czechoslovakia, I realized that the last 
hope of averting the unnecessary war was gone. I felt that I lived in a mad world and this explains the title, 
Insanity Fair, which I gave to the book I wrote at that time. I could see only a lunatic lack of policy then. 
Eighteen years later, in the light of all that has come about and been made known, the possibility that the 
unnecessary war was not in all quarters held to be unnecessary obviously cannot be written off. 

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Chapter 38 


In forgotten Palestine during the 1930-1940 decade, while "The Chief" and "Der Fuehrer" reigned in 
Washington and Berlin, matters went from bad to worse and at the end a British government was about to 
abandon the hopeless task foisted on it by Mr. Balfour (who died in 1930 after a deathbed leavetaking from 
Dr. Weizmann) when, on the eve of another war, a Mr. Winston Churchill recommitted his country to it. 
Thus the British people, believing that their business was solely with Hitler, once more went into war under 
sealed orders, among which was the purpose, unsuspected by them, that had brought them to the brink of 
defeat in 1918. 

Successive British governments, in this affair, found themselves in the plight of the circus clown who 
cannot rid himself of the fly-paper; each time they thought they had shaken it off, Dr. Weizmann affixed it in 
a new place. In Palestine the British administrators and soldiers, on whom "the Mandate" had been thrust, 
could not do their duty. The Arabs obdurately rebelled; the Zionists in London importuned the government 
there to use force against the Arabs; if the men on the spot tried to act impartially between the parties orders 
from home restrained them. 

British history overseas is probably vindicated by results in every case but this. It produced free 
overseas nations in empty lands, and in conquered ones populated by others the oft-proclaimed (and ever- 
derided) intention to upraise the conquered and then depart is being carried out; India is only one proof of 
that. In the case of Palestine all the rules previously followed by Britain overseas were broken and all 
experience set at naught, under the "pressure" exercized in London, or from other capitals if London ever 

Thus the British officials and troops sent to Palestine were the unluckiest in British history 
(characteristically, the only man among them who was publicly honoured after their departure was a traitor). 
They knew how to administer a genuine "protectorate"; the word has an honest meaning as well as the false 
one mockingly given to it by Hitler in Czechoslovakia. Occupation with the consent, or at the invitation of 
native inhabitants can be an admirable thing. I have travelled in one such genuine "protectorate", Basutoland. 
The British went there at Basuto request and the consequence was that the Basuto survived as a free nation, 
where they would otherwise have been enslaved by stronger neighbours. Their lot and prospect today are 
better than they could have become in any other way and they realize this, so that a few dozen white 
administrators govern